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Figg Tree Foundation Raises Colon Cancer Awareness


Tammy Figg of St. Louis knows how embarrasing it may seem to talk to your doctor about “down there.” Bleeding was the first sign for her that something was wrong – something that was ultimately diagnosed as colon cancer. Her struggle with her own illness and the post-operation struggles (radiation, ostomy bag, reconstructive surgery) prompted her to start her organization, Figg Tree Foundation, to help raise awareness and start a dialogue about an illness that most woman don’t want to bring up to their doctor, much less their spouse.

To breakdown the barriers on the topic, she has held an annual event called the “What’s Up Your Butt Comedy Show” which boasts the tongue-in-cheek motto How to Keep Your Rear in the Clear.  Clearly she is working hard to make colon cancer something people are comfortable talking about.

Approximately 26,000 women alone will get colon cancer this year.  The Figg Tree Foundation hopes that awareness will help women start to talk to their family about hereditary issues and talk to their doctor about prescreening and tests.

 

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