Science reporter documents colonoscopy to raise awareness

Nicholas St. Fleur of STAT said Chadwick Boseman, who died of colon cancer, inspired his reporting on the topic.
2:42 | 06/22/21

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All right, let's turn here now on "Gma" to our cover story. One journalist going public with a private experience to raise awareness about colon cancer and the increased risk for black men. Wakanda forever! Reporter: The death of Chadwick Boseman inspiring one reporter Nicholas St. Fleur to take action. Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men and women in the U.S. He showed how easy it is to get a screening? My mother had colon cancer at the age of 34 so I knew that I was at a higher risk to develop the disease myself so once I saw that Chadwick Boseman passed away from colon cancer it really kind of sparked me and made me realize I need to be more serious about this, about getting checked. Reporter: He documented his colon cancer screening from start to finish. I wanted to help fight or combat any stigmas associated with it because it is such a personal part of your body and it is something that many people don't want to go throughecause they might find it scary. Reporter: Doctors are seeing a spike in colon cancer rates among young adults and currently screenings are recommended starting at age 45 and younger if you're at hirer risk like St. Fleur. It will become the top leading cause of cancer in people age 20 to 49 by the year 2030. There is a stigma around talking about colorectal cancer so my hope is the conversation around this cancer becomes more normalized and that people understand what a prevalent cancer this is. Reporter: Colorectal cancer is even more prevalent for black Americans who have a 20% higher chance of getting it and are 40% more likely to die from it than other groups. I knew I had a family history but I didn't realize that as a black man, you know, I was at higher risk as well. The social environment in which you having it play out in leads itself towards affecting your actual health outcome. Reporter: Doctors say catching it early is the key. They are not that bad and important to convey there are very easy at home stool tests that are very easy to do. We are wrapping up black family cancer awareness week right now. Had can so important to continue to have these conversations and talk about the disparities in the pandemic that were there before the pandemic but so important to have these conversations to get rid of stigmas. We have to take better care of ourselves. It's good to know your history. Critical. We turn to the latest

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