FOREST PARK (KTVI)- Saturday morning, FOX2 / News 11`s Roche Madden emceed the Undy 5000, an event sponsored by the Colon Cancer Alliance to promote colon cancer health. Madden is a recent survivor of colon cancer. Athletes ran and walked for miles in their underwear to promote colon-cancer awareness.
“I was diagnosed when I was 55. I put off my colonoscopy,” Madden admitted. “I had no symptoms at all. I had no idea. I felt fine.”
Madden learned he had colon cancer last November during a routine colonoscopy. He was already at Stage 2.
“About a month later, I had surgery two different surgeries,” Madden remembered. “They removed about a foot of my colon and rectum.”
“There are people here with stage 4 cancer, fighting hard,” Madden pointed out. “But, they too look wonderful. Obviously, we are praying for them and hoping for the best.”
Doctor Sehkar Darmarajan is a colorectal surgeon for Siteman Cancer Center. He says adults 50 and older need to get screened.
“Well, it’s not the most enjoyable experience.” Darmarajan admitted. “No one wants a colonoscopy, but they can still get sick. Colon cancer is the third-most common cancer in the United States.”
The day before Roche was diagnosed; he said that he considered himself a journalist who happened to cover other people’s battles with colon cancer. He said these days, he’s a little different.”
“Recovery can be painful. It can last up to 8 months,” Madden said. “But that will be over with and I’ll be fine. I am grateful to be alive. I’m a survivor now. “
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