First off, you may ask why a Young Professional Board was created for a disease that mainly affects people over 50? This question is absolutely valid considering the general perception of colon cancer. Doctors advise people to start getting colonoscopies at the age of 50 unless you have a medical/family history and/or are African American, and the majority of those affected are over the age of 50. With that said, there is a rapidly growing number of diagnosed patients under 50. In fact, that rate has risen by a staggering 40% over the last two years alone. Our job is not to tell young professionals the age at which they should be tested, but why they should be tested, because most don't know the symptoms and by the time they find out it's too late. Colon cancer is 90% preventable if caught early with proper screening, but the symptoms need to be known, and every person regardless of age is at risk if they don't know the symptoms. Our hope is to reduce this risk in young professionals.
Now, how do we get this information out? Well, through fun activities of course. We raise awareness by hosting various events around the DC metro area. In the past, we have done happy hours, golf tournaments, art events, and concerts. Each event we plan is carefully thought out by our team because we want to make sure you are having fun, while also learning more about the disease. This is what we care about!
The Young Professional Board has been an incredibly successful part of Chris4Life, raising over $60,000 for the cause in our short existence. As we continue to throw events and fundraising activities, we hope that you join us in our fight to find a cure and help us bring awareness to the cause!