One of the original Kings of Comedy and actor DL Hughley is known for his wise-cracking jokes, quit-witted humor and funny takes on political issues. Always one to find humor in something, DL gets serious about colon cancer. He’s begun to use his voice to help raise awareness of preventive screening for colorectal cancer among African Americans. DL became involved in this health awareness campaign after cancer struck close to home in his own family.
Listen to what D.L. has to say about tackling the disease:
“I may be a comedian and actor but I take my health very seriously. Cancer runs in my immediate family so I’m doing all that I can to stop the cycle for myself, my three children, and my community. As a husband and father of three, I want to be here so I can walk my daughter down the aisle at her wedding and grow old enough to spend time with my grandchildren.”
“That’s why I try to live a healthy and active lifestyle. I exercise five times a week, run 15 to 20 miles a week, lift weights, and maintain a balanced diet. My wife LaDonna and I practice healthy living and have tried to pass that legacy onto to our children.”
“Although I’m always on the road for work, I make sure to find the time to get preventive screenings, and have already had a colorectal screening. I also have a great relationship with my physician and together, we have developed a solid preventive plan that keeps me in check for conditions that often plague African Americans.”
“One of our greatest challenges as African Americans is that we only get colon cancer screenings about 48% of the time, as compared to other ethnic groups. So we’ve got to do better and get screened. There are many tests that can be used to help find colon cancer. Talk with your doctor about which test is right for you. Your doctor will be able to answer any questions that you may have about colon cancer and these tests, so make sure you ask.”
“Don’t be shy, I bet you ask a ton of questions when choosing the right vacation spot, well, now is the most important time to ask questions and discuss screening options with your doctor. I encourage you to call your doctor today to set up a visit about a colon cancer test. Together, you can choose a test that’s right for you.”
“And don’t forget to keep laughing. Laughter is good medicine.”
DL Hughley also has been working with the National Medical Association (NMA) for the past three years to combat health disparities, and provide African American families with information on personal accountability and how to access care, as well as wellness resources.
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