**UPDATE** from January 2015:
Below is a pic of my scar from surgery a couple months after, or shall I say my battle wound lol. This was the surgery where they removed tumors from my rectum and left side of my liver……So yesterday they took me off chemo completely cause none of it works anymore.So I have about 4 clinical trials to choose from which look really promising.My tumors have a rare mutation and supposedly they have new medicine to target the my tumors.Its suppose to stop the tumor mutation from spreading and shrink the tumors.So we will see.I don’t let this stuff bring me down,I just roll with the punches. Love
The former VH1 reality star Ahmad Givens, nickname “Real”, had a popular show called Real Chance of Love, and was on a mission to find love.
Fast forward to four months later, Real was in a Beverly Hills hospital.
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Once fans learned of the severity of Real’s stage 4 colon cancer, they immediately sent in an outpouring of love and support for the 33-year-old. In return, he issued this statement:
“Hey everyone, I know its been awhile since I’ve been on here. I’m sure most of you know I have colon cancer. At this moment I would like everyone to know I am doing a lot better after the chemo,changing my diet and the biggest impact of all which is God. He is truly amazing. It has truly touched my heart to see the love and support I have received from family, friends, associates, the media and all the people on Facebook and Twitter. I want to say THANK YOU to everyone and all those who have donated. Your donations have helped more than you know and I don’t know how to thank you enough. I’m gonna fight this cancer with all my strength and with God’s grace and love, I believe I’m gonna beat this. I’ll keep u posted on my progress and again, I thank you for all the donations, love and support from everyone. Thank you and I love you all. God bless.”
These days, things are looking up for the TV star. He’s taking his weekly chemotherapy treatments in stride and adopting a healthy lifestyle. When asked about his life now, he says, “If you’re 30 years old, please go get a thorough check-up. Cancer has no age limit these days. One of two people have cancer in the U.S. Love you. God bless.”
Via Twitter, he even shared with us his desire to return to work and inspire his fans:
“I feel better and I’m ready to work in some capacity,that’s why I think a radio show is good. Plus, I get to talk to all the people that showed love.”
What Do Black Men Need To Know About Colorectal Cancer?
African American men have less than a 5-year survival rate for colon cancer, as compared to non-Hispanic white men.
Colorectal cancer can begin in either the colon or the rectum. Cancer that begins in the colon is called colon cancer, and cancer that begins in the rectum is called rectal cancer.
Most colon and rectal cancers begin involve a type of tumor called adenocarcinoma, which is a cancer of the cells that line the inside tissue of the colon and rectum. Other types of cancer that occur far less often, but can begin in the colon or rectum, include carcinoid tumor, gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST), and lymphoma.
Because they are in a high-risk group, it is important for all black men to start their colorectal cancer screenings beginning at age 40.