May 20, 2012
Statement from Andrew Spiegel, Chief Executive Office, Colon Cancer Alliance Regarding the Death of Singer Robin Gibb
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Robin Gibb who passed away today after a long, courageous battle with colorectal cancer.
Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States but that doesn’t need to be the case. In many instances, this disease has no symptoms until it has already progressed to later stages. However, a colonoscopy or any other available screening option for those uncomfortable with a colonoscopy, every 10 years starting at age 50 for most individuals or sooner for those with risk factors such as family history could help save thousands of lives every year. A screening can detect polyps, which can be removed before they have a chance to turn into cancer.
The Colon Cancer Alliance encourages everyone to get screened; it’s a simple procedure that saves lives.”
Chief Executive Officer
Colon Cancer Alliance