Colon cancer survivors, families share stories, offer advice

4 months 2 weeks 6 days ago Wednesday, March 29 2017 Mar 29, 2017 Wednesday, March 29, 2017 6:15:00 PM CDT March 29, 2017 in News
By: Ben Burke, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

HOLTS SUMMIT - Research published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute shows colon cancer rates have been steadily climbing in Americans aged 20-39 since the 1980s.

According to the study, published just before the beginning of National Colon Cancer Awareness Month, cancer rates have increased by 2.4 percent per year in people ages 20-29 since the mid-80's, and by 1 percent per year in people ages 30-39.

Holts Summit's Tim Tinnin has felt the effects of colon cancer personally. He lost his wife Angie Tinnin to the disease in 2012 when she was 39.

"It's the most horrifically beautiful journey you could have," Tinnin said. "There were days you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy, but I wouldn't trade it either." 

14 months before his wife died, Tinnin was planning on proposing to her in Mexico.

"We found out that she had terminal cancer. Cancer can take a lot of things but it can't take love, so I proposed to her in the hospital, we got married a couple weeks later, and started our journey from there," Tinnin said. 

Now, he remembers Angie Tinnin through a creek he made in her honor in his back yard, "Angie's Creek".

"The butterfly is there because she said, 'If you see a butterfly, that's me,'" Tinnin said.

Tinnin also honors his wife, as well as others who have died of cancer, with "Angiepalooza," a yearly charity concert that raises money for cancer patients in local hospitals. 

"The thought of this just being a random, devastating blow, and you just take your beating and live with the beating, I'm not wired like that," Tinnin said. "I had to find something good to come from it."

Even though colon cancer rates are going up in younger people, it is still a very beatable disease.

According to a statistical review from the National Cancer Institute, the five-year survival rate for people diagnosed with colon cancer between 2006 and 2012 was about 65 percent.

Former University of Missouri graduate assistant Zach Heath is a case in point.

He was diagnosed with colon cancer just before Christmas in 2015 at age 28. He achieved remission last year.

"The ability to think about the future again is an interesting concept because, in some instances, I wasn't sure that I would be alive today at this point," Heath said.

Oncologist Liana Makarian said widespread vitamin D deficiencies as well as unhealthy lifestyles have been shown in studies to increase the risk of colon cancer.

"Everybody works inside and especially in winter months, you can really see really bad vitamin D deficiency," Makarian said.

She said there are also connections to insulin resistance, often seen in people who are overweight.

Makarian said eating too much red meat (more than twice a week) can lead to colon cancer.

She had advice for those looking to prevent colon cancer, as well as those that may be at risk.

"Get physical activity to reduce your abdominal obesity, get vitamin D taking, decrease the red meat consumption to less than two servings per week," Makarian said.

Health said, "Don't be stubborn, it's your health and your life that you're talking about, go get it checked out."

Tinnin had similar advice.

"Listen to your body, get checked, and even if you don't have cancer, even if you don't have any of the problems that are associated with a terminal disease, find your clarity. Pay attention to what's important in life," he said.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Firefighters will be hitting the street with their boots in their hands. Columbia Fire Department will... More >>
3 hours ago Saturday, August 19 2017 Aug 19, 2017 Saturday, August 19, 2017 5:00:00 AM CDT August 19, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Helias Catholic High School won’t have to borrow Jefferson City High School’s stadium anymore after it opened... More >>
13 hours ago Friday, August 18 2017 Aug 18, 2017 Friday, August 18, 2017 7:18:00 PM CDT August 18, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri State Parks officials say they can't verify that solar eclipse glasses the agency sold meet... More >>
13 hours ago Friday, August 18 2017 Aug 18, 2017 Friday, August 18, 2017 6:48:40 PM CDT August 18, 2017 in Eclipse Events
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Attorneys for a Missouri man convicted of killing a former St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter 19 years... More >>
13 hours ago Friday, August 18 2017 Aug 18, 2017 Friday, August 18, 2017 6:30:00 PM CDT August 18, 2017 in News
PETTIS COUNTY - The man shot and killed at a trailer park outside the Sedalia city limits Thursday afternoon has... More >>
15 hours ago Friday, August 18 2017 Aug 18, 2017 Friday, August 18, 2017 5:12:00 PM CDT August 18, 2017 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - UPDATE: The suspect is now in custody and was processed in the Boone County Jail Friday evening. ... More >>
16 hours ago Friday, August 18 2017 Aug 18, 2017 Friday, August 18, 2017 4:16:00 PM CDT August 18, 2017 in Top Stories
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Two U.S. senators from Kansas and Missouri say an emphasis on protecting the nation's food supply... More >>
16 hours ago Friday, August 18 2017 Aug 18, 2017 Friday, August 18, 2017 4:11:00 PM CDT August 18, 2017 in News
FULTON - Dr. Benjamin Ola Akande stepped down as the 21st president of Westminster College Friday to pursue jobs in... More >>
16 hours ago Friday, August 18 2017 Aug 18, 2017 Friday, August 18, 2017 4:03:00 PM CDT August 18, 2017 in Continuous News
BOONE COUNTY – Attorney General Josh Hawley’s voting in the special election on Aug. 8 is being called into question.... More >>
16 hours ago Friday, August 18 2017 Aug 18, 2017 Friday, August 18, 2017 3:35:00 PM CDT August 18, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A Missouri lawmaker who temporarily posted a Facebook comment hoping for President Donald Trump's assassination could... More >>
17 hours ago Friday, August 18 2017 Aug 18, 2017 Friday, August 18, 2017 3:06:00 PM CDT August 18, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS — Two St. Louis police officers are injured after a car crashed into their police car. Police... More >>
18 hours ago Friday, August 18 2017 Aug 18, 2017 Friday, August 18, 2017 1:33:30 PM CDT August 18, 2017 in News
WASHINGTON- President Donald Trump has fired controversial White House Chief Strategist Steven Bannon, multiple sources reported Friday. Bannon was... More >>
19 hours ago Friday, August 18 2017 Aug 18, 2017 Friday, August 18, 2017 1:08:00 PM CDT August 18, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - A police investigation has prompted a modified lockdown at Russell Boulevard Elementary School. Columbia Public Schools spokeswoman... More >>
19 hours ago Friday, August 18 2017 Aug 18, 2017 Friday, August 18, 2017 12:39:31 PM CDT August 18, 2017 in News
MOBERLY - A state medical board suspended the license for a doctor after finding he improperly gave drugs to and... More >>
22 hours ago Friday, August 18 2017 Aug 18, 2017 Friday, August 18, 2017 9:27:00 AM CDT August 18, 2017 in News
BOONE COUNTY - Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man and woman Thursday afternoon on suspicion of burglary. Deputies were dispatched... More >>
23 hours ago Friday, August 18 2017 Aug 18, 2017 Friday, August 18, 2017 8:53:00 AM CDT August 18, 2017 in News
RAYMORE, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a suspected improvised explosive device has been detonated near a suburban Kansas City patrol... More >>
23 hours ago Friday, August 18 2017 Aug 18, 2017 Friday, August 18, 2017 8:37:00 AM CDT August 18, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Thousands of people are expected to gather at the state capitol Friday for a rally against the... More >>
1 day ago Friday, August 18 2017 Aug 18, 2017 Friday, August 18, 2017 8:07:00 AM CDT August 18, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – The Jefferson City Police Department will be participating in the ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign... More >>
1 day ago Friday, August 18 2017 Aug 18, 2017 Friday, August 18, 2017 7:30:00 AM CDT August 18, 2017 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 71°
9am 73°
10am 76°
11am 80°
12pm 83°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

7:00a
Today Weekend
8:30a
Naturally, Danny Seo
9:00a
KOMU 8 News Today
8:00a
Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan: Family Edition
8:30a
Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan: Family Edition
9:00a
Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan: Family Edition

Tonight's Schedule

6:00p
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
7:00p
Family Guy
7:30p
Family Guy
8:00p
Bob's Burgers
8:30p
Bob's Burgers
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld