One person dies from cancer every minute of every day in this country. In 2013, 1.6 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer. In our lifetimes, women have a one in three chance of developing cancer and men have a one in two chance. On this special episode, we’re shining a spotlight on cancer – talking about ways to prevent it, new ways to treat it, and how to stop cancer from killing the people we love. For Katie and for everyone in this studio, this battle is personal.
After Katie lost her husband, Jay, to colon cancer 15 years ago, she made it her life’s mission to spread awareness about the disease. Dr. Felice Schnoll-Sussman is the director of research at The Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health, a clinical center of the New York-Presbyterian Hospital named in honor of Katie’s late husband.
“There’s been such a push to get people to understand that this cancer is preventable.” -Dr. Felice Schnoll-Sussman
@katieshow What a great show today.I have lost so many people to cancer & have had pre-cancerous polyps removed & am so happy to be alive!
— jrsWard (@jrsWard) March 13, 2013
When Katie was on the TODAY Show, she had an on-air coloscopy because she wanted to show people how easy it really is. Now Katie is reprising that moment, this time with a New York City viewer named Marcy Warren.
“It wasn’t bad at all..It’s unfortunate that it gets a bad wrap.” -Marcy Warren
@katiecouric hi Katiegreat and informative show today..as47 yr old male my day will come for colonoscopy
— jim (@lettuce43chat) March 13, 2013
Cancer has become the number one killer of men and women worldwide, surpassing heart disease, AIDS and malaria. Almost everyone has been touched by cancer in one way or another – some are living with cancer, some have lost people they love, and some, like actress Maura Tierney, are survivors.
“I said, ‘But I’m so young.’” -Maura Tierney
@katiecouric watching your show and just recognized some symtoms in myself…heading to dr tomorrow.
— Millie Phaeton (@phaeth) March 13, 2013
Olympic gymnast Shannon Miller and actress Fran Drescher also know what it’s like to battle cancer. Shannon survived ovarian cancer and Fran survived uterine cancer. These types of cancer are silent killers that often go undiagnosed, until it’s too late.
“If something doesn’t feel right, be ok with talking about it.” -Shannon Miller
@katiecouric I love what Fran Dresher just said about finding a way to turn pain into purpose to heal oneself- thanks for the show Katie
— Michelle T Edwards (@michelletedward) March 13, 2013
A lot of us have heard of HPV, the human papillomavirus, which is the leading cause of cervical cancer. One of the most exciting breakthroughs in cancer research has been the HPV vaccine, which prevents cervical cancer. But did you know that a strain of that same virus is also the cause of an increasing number of oral cancers? Blythe Danner’s husband Bruce Paltrow died of oral cancer in 2002 and Dr. Marshall Posner is a head and neck oncologist.
“It is the fastest growing cancer today.” -Blythe Danner
— Natalie Marie (@Nat_Lin) March 13, 2013
“You have cancer” could be the scariest three words you’ll ever hear. But thanks to brand new research and cutting edge treatments, you have a better chance than ever of beating this deadly disease. Dr. Craig Thompson, president and CEO of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, explains these exciting new developments.
“We are going to see significant advances every decade.” -Dr. Craig Thompson
@katiecouric What a great and important show today about Cancer Prevention! Thank you!
— 4KidsinPA (@4KidsinPA) March 13, 2013