Colon cancer is considered a silent killer because often there are no symptoms until its too late to cure. The city council recognized multiple survivors, just like district one councilman Juan Chadis. "I was part of the 10%. I was 42 when I was diagnosed with cancer", said Chadis.
Ramon Butler Martinez said he's cancer free now and is going through remission including regular checks. "If you start getting any type of symptoms go and get checked out you know you never know cancer was the last thing that I had ever going to diagnose from just feeling faint and not being able to do those few things", said Martinez. Cancer researcher Theresa Byrd is the director of a group called Accion or Against Colo-rectal cancer in our Neighborhoods." The disease can be prevented if it's found at an early stage.
"So a lot of cancers when we screen we just find early cancer hopefully with colo-rectal cancer we can find changes that might become cancer and get rid of them before the cancer ever happens. I think it's very rewarding plus it's one of the major cancer killers in the United States", said Byrd.
C-PRIT the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas funds prevention efforts and cancer research."C-PRIT has committed about 10% of its overall funding to colon cancer, it's interesting that colon cancer represents 10% of all cancers that affect all Texans so it's important to know that CPRIT is really quite invested in the fight",said Dr. Jim Willson. The Texas cancer registry reports Hispanics will develop Colo-rectal cancer at a higher rate than others and the numbers are far higher in Floyd and Terry counties.