Colon cancer has long been considered an older person’s disease. The average age at diagnosis is 68 for men and 72 for women. So when Drew Griffin was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer at 39 after months of abdominal pain, he was shocked.
An avid outdoor enthusiast, James Grizzard has always lived a very athletic lifestyle. In Tampa, Florida, James enjoyed golf year-round. After he and his wife, Jackie, moved to Kirkland, Washington, in 2010, James traded golf for more Northwest outdoor activities, including fishing, hiking, and camping. Coinciding with his move was an unexpected diagnosis of colon cancer. James jokes that he moved to the Seattle area “just in time to be treated at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA).”
You may be surprised to meet SCCA patient Anita Mitchell walking through a very pink inflatable version of the colon in the video below. Mitchell hopes that by appearing at big public events and leading tours she can convince people of the value of screening. The major form of screening for colon cancer is the colonoscopy. She was diagnosed at age 41 with Stage IV cancer, as she explains on this video from King5 TV's "Evening Magazine. " That diagnosis was in 2005, and she had surgery and chemotherapy treatment from the SCCA's own Sam Whiting, MD. If you watch the video, Dr.