Zoe Saldana is honoring her Avengers co-star, Chadwick Boseman, by advocating for colon cancer screenings. MSN states that she has partnered with the Colorectal Cancer Alliance to raise awareness for alternative screening methods.
The outlet says that a recent report by the American Cancer Society showed that African Americans have an almost 40% higher death rate from colon and rectal cancer.
One company Zoe Saldana is bringing awareness to is LetsGetChecked. They allow users to conduct screening tests from the comfort of their homes. The company is also donating $1 million to colon cancer tests.
The actress states, “Through efforts like these, we can all do our part in closing the gap, as healthcare should not be a privilege but a right.”
Zoe also speaks about sitting down and speaking to family members about getting tested. She said, “You can take it from me, it is more devastating to lose a family member than to sit down and have a conversation with them, even if it seems premature for them in their 20s or 30s.”
“Since the disease can go easily undetected and is highly deadly, one conversation can make a huge impact and enlighten someone to the importance of regular screening. The more we have these conversations with our loved ones, the more success we’ll have in stopping diseases like colon cancer in their tracks.”