Chadwick Boseman’s Wife Calls for Action on Colorectal Cancer in D.C.

Posted By Author on April 17, 2024

In 2020, actor Chadwick Boseman, most known for his role in the 2018 Marvel series movie “Black Panther,” passed away from colorectal cancer at the age of 43. 

Chad Boseman
Image Courtesy of Instagram @chadwickboseman

Now four years later, the late actor’s wife, Simone Ledward Boseman, stood amidst a sea of blue flags at the National Mall in D.C. asking for a call to action. 

“It makes me angry that a disease so treatable took him from me when all we needed to start out with was knowledge. It makes me angry that colorectal cancer diagnoses had been rising so dramatically in young people, in young Black people in particular, for 15 years before he was diagnosed, and we still knew nothing about it,” said Ledward Boseman during the Colorectal Cancer awareness rally on March 12. 

Cases of colorectal cancer, a disease in which abnormal growths form in the colon and rectum, continue to rise for people under 50.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) reported that colorectal cancer is the “second most common cause of cancer deaths when numbers for men and women are combined.” Individually, colon cancer is now the leading cause of cancer-related deaths for men under 50 and the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths for women in that age group. 

Experts are still working to determine the exact cause behind the increase, exploring factors related to the following: 

  • Diet
  • Obesity
  • Exercise 
  • Tobacco and alcohol use 
  • Exposure to chemicals
  • Genetics 

Unfortunately, colon cancer does not always express itself through symptoms, making the need for routine screenings from your GI doctor in Charleston, SC all the more important. 

A colonoscopy is the gold standard for early detection of colon cancer. The procedure allows our gastroenterology specialists to inspect the inside of the colon and remove pre-cancerous polyps when detected. 

Scheduling a colonoscopy near you can be particularly daunting or embarrassing for those under the age of 50, but Ledward Boseman wants people to change the narrative of this disease. 

“Talk about it. Talk to your friends, talk to your family, talk to your social networks.

Your community is where it starts, and you have the information, so you have the obligation to save everyone around you,” she said at the rally. 

Ledward Boseman along with other attendees planned to meet with members of Congress to advocate for change to policy resolutions and bring awareness to the disease. 

The flags placed on the National Mall were part of the United in Blue installation, each flag representing the 27,400 people under the age of 50 projected to be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2030. 

Don’t Wait Until it’s Too Late–Talk to your Doctors at Charleston GI

Colon Cancer Awareness Month was the time to recognize and advocate for those suffering from, or lost to, colorectal cancer.

Despite being one of the more treatable diseases, it continues to rise and plague those above and under 50 years old. 

But it doesn’t have to–the first step is taking the initiative to call and schedule an appointment. Our Charleston GI doctors will be with you every step of the way, from scheduling your first colonoscopy to expectations after the procedure. Don’t wait until it’s too late! 

We have four convenient Charleston area locations to choose from, West Ashley, Mount Pleasant, Summerville, and Carnes Crossroads.

There’s no referral needed, so schedule your appointment today, with Charleston GI!