Undy 5000 Held Saturday To Promote Colorectal Health

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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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