Commentary: Chadwick Boseman and his work were inspirational, but not because of 'pushing through' cancer
As family, friends and fans mourned the death of actor Chadwick Boseman late last month, those outside of his innermost circle were surprised to learn that he’d been diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016. Through grueling filming schedules, press tours, physical fitness training for various roles, chemotherapy and surgeries, he delivered legendary work as an actor while also dedicating time to visiting children who also had cancer.As the condolences and praise for him and his work poured in, people also began to remark about how his working through that level of pain in silence was admirable, st...
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Key cannabis chemical may help prevent colon cancer, researchers say
COLUMBIA, S.C. — A chemical in marijuana may be able to help prevent colon cancer, according to a new study from top University of South Carolina researchers.The study, published in iScience, found that mice injected with THC and a cancer-causing chemical did not develop cancer. Mice in a control group were injected with the carcinogen but no THC, causing them to develop cancer.“We were really excited to see those results, which were so dramatic,” said co-author Prakash Nagarkatti, who is the University of South Carolina’s vice president of research.THC — the chemical in cannabis that causes a...
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Has Chadwick Boseman's death made you curious about colon cancer screening? Here's an explanation of what's involved and some alternatives to colonoscopy
Chadwick Boseman’s legacy extends beyond Hollywood. His dying of colon cancer has started conversations about the health of one’s gut. Per the American Cancer Society, African Americans are 20% more likely to get colorectal cancer and 40% more likely to die from it than other groups (with Black men having the highest incidence).Medical professionals are advocating for more screenings in communities of color. The Tribune spoke to Dr. Karen Kim, professor of medicine, director of the Center for Asian Health Equity and a gastroenterologist of more than 20 years working at UChicago Medicine.“I wou...
Dahleen Glanton: In a summer of COVID-19 and racial reckoning, Chadwick Boseman's death hits especially hard
Chadwick Boseman’s death hit African Americans particularly hard. In part, it is because it came so unexpectedly. But he also died as Black people were already grieving.Over the last six months, so many Black lives have been taken by the pandemic. Our grief has been compounded by the unjustified killings of unarmed Black people by police officers and vigilantes administering their own form of justice.All of America is consumed by death right now. But for many African Americans, the despair is overwhelming. Nearly every day, there is someone new to mourn.It seemed particularly cruel that anothe...
After Chadwick Boseman's death, doctors are recommending immediate screenings for those with colon cancer symptoms
The gravitas of actor Chadwick Boseman’s death at age 43 has been felt around the world. For “Black Panther” fans and the Black community, his greatness was only in midstride, which makes his death even harder. But amid the tweets, TV specials and reruns of “Black Panther” in homage to his body of work, the medical community is speaking up about the rise in colorectal cancer rates among young Black adults and the need for more screenings.“We know that the incidence of colorectal cancer is higher in African Americans than in all other races and ethnicities, so there are clearly disparities,” sa...