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Colon Cancer Awareness 072615

Jul 21, 2015|

AN INTERVIEW WITH KATIE LEE AND DAN HAWKINS, VOLUNTEERS WITH THE COLON CANCER COALITION ABOUT THEIR JOURNEYS EACH HAVING COLON CANCER AND ABOUT THEIR FUNDRAISING RUN IN AUGUST.

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This is natural stone and Entercom radio Portland public affairs program I'm Gary blocks of in this time on the show we're gonna learn more about colon cancer and also how you can help out. I would like to welcome Katie Lee and Dan Hawkins the more volunteers of the colon cancer coalition's welcome to Mexico. Thank you thank you thank you very much back absolutely. So let's let our audience know exactly what's your connection to colon cancer is can you start with you I had an eighth stage one rectal cancer survivor. Congratulations thinks it's exciting it's well they canceled exciting media in the right the right word he used to it being a survivor is a great thing. Yes or writing is always exciting to feel it it is expected that someone new into the sought treatment for me I am I was diagnosed in April of last year and I had surgery in June of last year or so just a year ago now. You're doing great. Finally yes it's doing her fear you know pick it up via. But also how did you ever get diagnosed. I usually seem pretty young yeah I was diagnosed as 33 and is diagnosed last year so I'm 34 now. But yeah I had symptoms my biggest until symptoms. Work rectal. So I went in for dot and that's when they decided I needed accordance to be. And it cancerous discovered. Well because most people think that that well you don't even do your doctors even recommend that a screening until age fifty. As the most people think of that has them older person's illness right that's obviously not the case. Not the case how surprised were you. I was pretty super are easy to get better. I think and all my doctors were very surprised especially at gastrointestinal and the GI Doctor Who diagnosed me issue is probably one of the most surprised. What does this last year been like for you. I'm sure enough I can say it out on the air it's been. It's been pretty bad and but it's also been really good I've met a lot of really great people along the way int so it's it's been phenomenal in a lot of ways as well. For those people you met him assuming his stand this Gary area that's what that day and let's bring your and again Dan Hawkins with the cancer colon cancer of the colon cancer coalition. What is your connection with colon cancer Imus forever also say I was stage three and I was diagnosed back in Tony thirteen. Well here what are the different stages me. Stage went into is as early I have siege adds Steve Wein. But they still don't. And didn't say I was unable to get away from having a permanent class so. It's a lot better as far as survival statistics but onstage stream for more advanced. Okay and did your also pretty young yeah I'm I was very minister Tony nine and I'm 31 now while. So let's see if that's true and was the last thing on your mind the last thing there and then not wanted to be colon cancer obviously but. They happened and I'm here today soaked up that's great yeah. So warrior and look at your symptoms like in what would. Have you been going through the last couple years so I'm bloody stool and the usual. I want another doctor in. Conflict in 2012. And the doctors should new wave basically said if snuff them. And then end Tony thirteen I went to a doctor in February. In an earlier doctor he's proactive in Sydney again colonoscopy and he thought it was occurring disease progressed noses and natural gas and then. And the cost feel like two days later and he was he felt really bad that it will trickle cancer for a exit and I would imagine even the doctor doesn't think that anybody under the age of fifty is that susceptible to it yeah are they common doctor most doctors say you're too young. And we're not. It's Christie so we can you tell us what is colon cancer. Colon cancer is cancer of the colon or rectum that's all the same areas so that would some people call color rectal cancer exit encompasses. The whole entire coal and but it can be cancer found that any part of your calling friends probably to one side of the other. Is there anything that suit renewing calls. Do we know. Where does that come from they thinks they know some causes like you're kind of generic cancer causes this terrorist. You know not being fit so not eating right smoke being all of those sort of lifestyle factors but there are some causes are genetic. And that's what they look for a lot of people aren't being in the younger population who are diagnosed with colorectal cancer so some in the your family has habit than. You should probably be screened for he had genetics BI had genetic testing and I was negative for everything Hillary so. I am technically a sporadic. Case of cancer. Lucky yeah lucky that if I ever. So what are some of the signs and symptoms. A sinus symptoms can be anywhere from zero symptoms surprising and a surprisingly enough. And some symptoms are pain. Rectal bleeding blood in this dual. And any source abdominal swelling and bloating cramping. And any sort of abnormal. And you know. Abnormal bathroom habits than so to speak. But it's it's a wide range. So very sensitive subject to talk about those people don't like to talk about this kind of stuff in how hard was it for you in the face reality about. I'm talking about it really came out there given the word out. It wasn't easy at first the first three months I was really depressed and down about everything has gone through but it. Eventually just realizing you have to be positive have a positive attitude. And do you have to do you do with the doctors say basically. Takes advice the other sets so whatsoever becomes a survivor exactly yeah that's great. I think it starts with the call and asking nobody wants to say I'm going infer colonoscopy I mean when you think about what they're doing and it's just kinda like half. But then it won't if you are diagnosed with cancer and mean you feel like you have to talk about exits terrifying and people should know about it. And I'm assuming the earlier detection the better must actually speaks. So you are experiencing some symptoms then. It will be fortunate to be pretty happy that they taught literally that they think would be of and yes silver lining yeah it's pretty great so far listeners are experiencing the symptoms which they do. Collier primary doctor bill and tell everything that's going on and it's go from there. To everybody is horror stories about the preparation for a colonoscopy at just like no no we have to do this and that he was at that Benson but it's not that bad because there's a more than daily quota for game day and a half of your life. To save your life to potentially save your life. The success of some good way to put it absolutely. And they knock you out I mean I think my dad is timing not gat now days with the economy toppled the miners have been knocked out completely self. We'll clue you don't even know it's when you don't really know what's going on you wake up like I'm done I'll clean my hopefully everybody's out clean union's move on your merry way I think it. That's trigger it so what do they do with that they find polyps the typical great polyps but at what do what happens after that they remove them and then they usually test them. And they can come back but nine. We're come back as a problem pretty good yeah I think at different levels or is completely denying there's precancerous and then there's cancerous or malignant. It's very descent Podscope okay. But they I mean aren't in the Cosby on the scope they have a little. A little loop at the end of the scope of the camera and that's where they can go in and they just loop around in the Pollock and removing it called a public the public to me. It for a while yeah. It does you just pure clean as a whistle by the time that us and yes exactly but let's that's great. The doesn't like you have a little bit of your doctor wasn't really acknowledging that there could be a problem yet the first doctors are so what should people do in that case what did you do. At that time my demand but it EU should seek a second opinion definitely see another doctor if you feel something's wrong with your body. Think you know your body three need this get a second opinion if you feel something's wrong and that doctor can tell you what you wanted to hear. Necessarily it's. Be persistent yeah he's a true experience to. I actually have a very rare experience I'm and the reason I believe I was diagnosed in early stages is because I didn't have any. Problems getting through in getting scene right away IA. I went into my doctor I was seen in a GIA. And gastrointestinal specialists within two weeks. And then two weeks at that I have my colonoscopy so from march to April there's like a month I would I. When into the doctor and I was diagnosed. And that's really unheard of especially somebody my age so I hope this is the new protocol for doctors. Awareness for physicians I think is. A big priority especially with the younger population. Sound been persisting in your own health care and be persistent with your doctor. Seems really surprising to me that a doctor would need education about this weird colon cancer. And cancer in general has to so out in the public it seems like that would be top of mind but the thing that's not a case that that this seems. No I mean I think for its on the rise in the under fifty. Population. And I I don't think doctors. Physicians who didn't practice for a long time maybe generally how that. Idea that old mindset that you know this just doesn't happen to people under fifty you know in their twenties and thirties and forties and it and it is happening. And it's increasing in so heighten their needs to be a new mindset. When it comes to the younger population and in color to cancer screening. It's early colon cancer coalition is all about do they and they all about education yen very they educate. They're going to see it. Today veterinary. News at 65% in our inner now and the goal is to get up to 80% in all the states. So that's what it theories of elbow so them the amount of people getting screened yes yeah the what are what are they were age recommendations and all that what is and in general what it if the age recommendation is create a colonoscopy at fifty and if you so for example I got diagnosed between China predicated. Then make it would need to be it would that mean to have a colonoscopy at 1910. Years before I was diagnosed okay. Well yeah. So that is much younger much from excellence that is changing its so that's why anybody under the age of fifty said to care about the speech at all we talk about the right yeah. Essentially just watching for the symptoms because people under fifty can't go winning get those preventative screenings. It becomes more of a diet and lest they have a family history of it but he had no family history of it like me I really. I did have too much a feeling history that I knew us until afterwards. So having. How did you have symptoms that's really the only way you're earning. Get in there and get the colonoscopy that you need otherwise it if you don't know people that are adopted they don't know they're fairly history. I mean that's another thing to think about. So and in a perfect world what would not hold up and we'll get screened that's it doesn't have nearly physical. Maybe not clear that's two too frequent elementary went to how often should we be tested. Prescreen. So. I get a colonoscopy every year just because I had colon cancer I think opinion you have for five years. And then after that Italy every five years. But it still there recommend vision is to get screened at fifty. For the general Chris general population. And many believe it. What is that a Feliciano first degree relative game you can get screened ten years. I'm prior to your first degree relatives diagnosis. But for the general population it's still is still fifteen I mean it definitely should be. You know lowered at some point especially with those. Aged lowering in on the rise. In a lot of people are working on their. Well awareness is his key. Giving the word out there's Keith there's something coming up and that's called the ditch your rear in gear fund refuses again to talk about that they'll remember that. That's a great name. It's on August date which is a couple weeks away. It's amount amount they were park and we're expecting between two and 300 people. And it should be a lot of fun there's going to be a deejay there. As a kid finer and inserts fifteen minutes before and you can scan while with the after that. We're encouraging everybody dipped to Wear blue two twos as well yeah that's fun yeah. Welcome to choose. 'cause some blue is the color that Colin color applicants are written who could tell blues colon cancer color essentially mean that it's okay. So we're Bluetooth two consistently two days are fun they're very fun boys and girls like and I won't be limited to that day I want and I will convince and our ability to by the time. Three stay up but the. And what sort of look can we expect out the fund run is it until they're gonna be lots of information loosen things like that can get more information about. Yes and cancer yet there's going to be a few informational booths. A couple sponsors will be there. My surgeon our surgeon actually. It's supposed to speak so we have insurgent yell. I'm really over and tell us that. We're not sure he's gonna sleep before or after but he committed to it I don't mean to put them on fund clinic showed yes doctor you better be there I'm gonna say his name. He he's used to educating you know in all of this fellow's in his. Residents and things like that so I don't think a big crap yeah too much for him. Yeah definitely feature and aired it but we just view and his early often. The besides being a fund run this is a fund raiser to a jets fundraiser also okay and how are you raising funds. So I've gotten some sponsors. And then also he noted call. Colon cancer coalition dot org com slash Portland and you can donate their also. Picked and it can you fight or you are people registering teams are that he can yes usually token there's teams there's several different and there's over. I think there's like thirteen to fifteen teams are in our registered. So I can go to the web sites which has colon cancer coalition dot org they could find Dan Hawkins do you think it. Give me money yeah print me money for your delicate sponsor yet you sponsor me I guess that's the let's bring they would do what you do with almost. Well it's gonna go back into the community of Portland. And we're sure exactly where it's going yet but it definitely and go to a good cause to raise awareness. If the screen hurried up and things like that. Gather some programs in the works one of them being like a screening. Type program to help continues to screening rates and or again and DNA it was since we're both what we costs and it's we both have a permit class to me as we were looking to maybe start. A great support group for people with Costa means our cost thinks. That's a great idea. Eric it's but I'm sure that the first thing you feel as alone yes yes there. But we'll walk me through that what's what was that like when you were for signals. When so I first. I found out about the cost me about about a month after. I had no idea what it was at the time I've never heard of it. And my friend one of my friends knew somebody had one in and got me in contact with her and she made me film. As comfortable as I couldn't about it at the time. That was great it's. If you have some really tough team that has the same thing it really helps them so that's Wynonna and we wanna do something with them Austin support group. Q what's what's your experience that if you do you feel kind of blow my thing in my the only person out there with this problem. Oh yeah I definitely it was is. Quite the predicament to be and I did have a choice in mind but not latter of the choices wasn't angry and so I asked me for me was a better choice. I'm just because of where my tumor was located. So and yes I remember after surgery thinking. Oh what just happened. To businesses I mean used to doing something won a certain way for 33 years or your life and then it's completely. You know changed any have to figure out as you go and but. Having and Corey Austin nurse has been phenomenal as well like I said Dan and I both went only just you and the support there. And has been absolutely phenomenal and my experience at the same here yeah they're awesome and they are one of the sponsors for gearing care is well. Along with soaring clinic which is where I was diagnosed and sealant. Soon Castro wearing yeah. As well and he is still no connection. Prior to this we met on FaceBook and I Lisa calling cancer support group on FaceBook so. Yes it was so weird how we had the same surgeon in its. There haven't worked out that's awesome and have a very similar experiences are pretty close to being in India and where analysts say it doesn't suit it's a rarity to make in my correct in saying that it's pretty rare for improved younger people to. Experience Colin cancer yeah it is on the horizon though as we mentioned and they're doing research on it still but it's just now way. On the race if not just now but they're just now realizing minutes some are very now. They're realizing there is a trend here of that bit increase seen in under fifteen population although they have no idea what it and there's. Nobody lets disposed do something to do diet. It could very well now and it's kind of throwing throwing darts at this point Rick but any I think everybody has their hypotheses as what's causing it within the last what probably. Fifteen years or so yeah. The rise has been noticed steadily increasing but they've they're just now starting to delve into research to figure that out. Can. Accuse you wouldn't comparing your life before in your life after hours how things change besides the the office but it would have I would assume. Lots of things have changed your life. Luckily I mean my kids keep me pretty busy so. That. That's a good thing but it it has changed alive I'm I think my attitude is still the same or pretty. Being positive person. For the most part so. It's it's been good and you were upbeat and positive before I was to ask if I have to ask him until a bit because they days and it hurts. The most hard racing again I have adapted well. Are there any thing is there anything that you can't do now word or try to avoid are your life as you'd like can just go on is as normal as possible. Now I'm done with physical therapy and I feel for the most part a 100% recovered. No I. I can do pretty much anything and I know Dan is there anything that you wouldn't do. No I do anything that I do before my surgery there. Yeah hiking the only war I feel more positive now what authority can do more and went yeah the new lease on life. With that the new lease on life definitely yeah I have a new view on my life before it was kind of negative then I'm way more positive than it used to be before my surgery. And did not expect that happen so have you done anything out of the ordinary that you think maybe you wouldn't have done fizzled and the Melanie -- -- we have to train so. Three months after my surgery I was in Hawaii and they did this take its code cogo then it's about a 1011. On. 11100 steps. Straight up and I don't think noted on that before and just like I need to do this professed to be done. It just was a good goal to have I think things reach the top. That's great are there any limitations plagued with physical limitations can used to swim meet you can do they view yes lie you can do it ever gain do whatever. Different. That's also. He does have such a wonderful attitudes in two such young people they don't mean that that your young release and a good attitude. Considering what you've been going through the last two years you know did fantastic at it is doubtful again. So it's about the fun running and winners that understates the amount they were park. And how can we get involved you can go to colon cancer coalition. Dot org slash. Portland also. Were in need of volunteers. So if you do go to that would try in my emails there and you can email me if you want to volunteer. If you need to register you can register herald so. What can volunteers are you looking for. Minions reunion concert and many and yes I'm the first to it's first made many in your career that we anymore I think with the. People who helped set up before their race and hope tear down this stuff after various. People relate to hand out water fell halfway serious. Mode of eight years after out there it's also business not a race. But he can be considered her if you were a fun run yes the thunder and the U wanna come in for yeah he definitely wants another thing that she can raise the most money yes. That's great. So how can people get registered for the U get your rear in gear fund has its you can do it right up until they have for the front right DA can do it out of their rear end its preferred viewed online at the colon cancer coalition or. Flesh Portland again. You can register they ovitz 48 hours during under register. And help them when you do you have people sponsor you so like he gives you twenty bucks and Linda find you online right coriander is actually day competition the biggest fundraiser. And are you winning so from my sister's morning. Now the aquarius you learn how to do we have that going on YouTube gas. We oh yes oh hello there I'm losing on the real team. And we have 36 people on my team renowned. Stadium I don't you know I am no beauty and I think I have like fifteen. Mean that's pretty good though you and I generally get the last close though at the last minute you know. Since you can register all the way to the day of the race I know that there's a lot procrastinators and my family so I'm pretty sure they'll be up there are signing up like you know 7 o'clock in the morning if you're honest and obviously it's what I. Does that runs our insertion nine. They should be there between me me tyranny and that there is be cool yeah that looks nice morning going to be in August it's just a couple weeks away as we know what's gonna still be warm yet is yeah so you're telling me if an extra minute ago about figure the post earlier coming up with. About the race that you doctor's office aria I have it in my oncologists it's hanging up the poster and and when miners is like you know I'm really sick though in your face every day. Her front and center on the air that killed. Well being these good run chair let's we have to do aren't yet on Jerry if there weren't southern face if people see your face and feel young you aren't. I think it's a good thing yeah people are sick your face again things are looking at that post here indicating that that he you know exactly. Went to skip this guy off the wall on the missile rental sign onto it. That could keep your refunds are as far as. All this has been quite an ordeal is going to be something funny that's happened throughout your last year. Well it's a good. Robert Murray. C. I mean there's been some experiences. That I've had that. You know having an Austin media have to get used to that so. I'm definitely had. It's an interesting and makes my son is he was eight at the time and we're very forthright about you know everything that's happening mom and this is what's going on and he used such a good support but he did walking in on me one. You know as kids they don't they have no. Got big they don't they just know that we'll learn the even though he's at age you should know so you know that's his bad for Walken and on that exactly what happened. Exactly its own fault. It isn't so far he's learned then if you could give one piece of advice for somebody will without being. If you're experiencing any issues get a can go and if the first doctor says it's nothing men get a second opinion. QLU. I would agree be persistent it's it's your health on the line that nobody else I mean you can't. It's it's your job to go and find something he's gonna listen TO. And if you know something wrong. A Doctor Who will listen to it at some point. Got us fired and rehired trigger higher and higher as I call it the thing that. Good advice to get your rear in gear fund run is August date amount timber park. He can register online that cancer not colon cancer coalition dot org you are correct yes needles or mr. dale is that the answer period. It's going to be a fund August Saturday and merely find time for DJ is a lot of fun player he was the same view week they had in Seattle on these. He's a lot of fun article can be fun if that's correct Philip thank you both real sure to thank you train you for. Katie Lee and Dan Hawkins volunteers with the colon cancer coalition the tournament just don't think you thinking. Metals gold and Entercom communications and public affairs program. My name's Gary and if you have a nonprofit or public affairs organization that you'd like to let others know about. You can email me at microscopes @entercom.com. Remember intercom starts with a need. Four you can go directly to the station's website click on the community link and submit your information there. Also we like to hear this program again you can visit our podcast paged pat microscope PDX dot com. Thanks for listening to match a scope and enjoy your weekend.