‘90210’ and ‘Riverdale’ star Luke Perry revealed in a recent interview that he had a close brush with colorectal cancer in 2015. Luke discovered he was at risk for the disease through an early screening, and now he’s urging his fans to do the same.
Luke Perry, 51, underwent a routine colonoscopy in 2015 that revealed something truly terrifying — precancerous growths in his colon. Luke was at serious risk for developing colorectal cancer, and had he skipped the screening, he would be gravely ill. That’s why the Riverdale star wants everyone to get screened for colorectal cancer, even if getting a colonoscopy is pretty unpleasant. It saves lives!
“Right now, there are 23 million Americans who haven’t been screened who need to be screened,” Luke told Fox News in a March 20 interview. “If I had waited, it could have been a whole different scenario.” Luke had his potentially life-saving colonoscopy early, when he was 49; routine colonoscopies generally aren’t given until the age of 55, as the disease primarily affects older people.
Colorectal cancer is now not just a disease for older people; millennials now face double the risk of colon cancer and quadruple the risk of rectal cancer compared baby boomers, according to the American Cancer Society. It’s scary stuff! It’s the second-most lethal form of cancer, but studies have shown that screenings could prevent an estimated 60% of colorectal deaths. Get screened!
Luke became involved in cancer activism when his childhood friend’s wife died from stage 3 colorectal cancer. As he learned more about the disease, he decided to get screened, and thankfully he did it just in time. He now works with Fight Colorectal Cancer and advocates for cancer research funding. This is really cool — he said if you take a selfie and tag it #StrongArmSelfie, a dollar goes to the charity!
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