The performer had been diagnosed with the disease just a couple of weeks ago
Kirstie Alley at the premiere in Los Angeles from "The Fanatic" at the Egyptian Theatre, on August 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
Actress Kirstie Alleydied Monday night at the age of 71, after losing the fight against colon cancer.
“We are saddened to inform you that our amazing, fierce and loving mother passed away after a battle with cancer, recently discovered”, Alley's children, True and Lillie Parker, wrote in a statement shared on Alley's social media.
“She was surrounded by her closest family and she fought with great strength, leaving us with the certainty of her never-ending joy in life and whatever adventure awaits her. As iconic as she was on screen, she was an even more amazing mother and grandmother,” the text adds.
The ad, which received thousands of < i>likes on Alley's Instagram account, expresses the appreciation of the actress's family to the team of doctors and nurses at Moffitt Cancer Center for their care.
The post of the family after the death of the actress.
Colon cancer is thethird most common cancer in the world, with around 2 million new cases each year. Most patients are diagnosed when the tumor is still in the colon or rectum. These tumors are removed by surgery and, in many cases, treated with chemotherapy in an attempt to prevent recurrence. However, between 20% and 35% of patients, the cancer recurs as metastases in other vital organs.
After lung cancer, colorectal cancer (CRC ), is the second deadliest tumor on the planet, with one million deaths a year.
New cases of colorectal cancer increased more than 2% each year among people under the age of 50 between 2012 and 2016, according to the American Cancer Society. (Getty)
However, NBC News explained that colon cancer can bedifficult to diagnose, as symptoms can mimic other conditions, such as hemorrhoids or irritable bowel syndrome.
Almost 90% of patients with colorectal cancer are 50 years or older, so doctors recommend that all > People over the age of 45 get a colonoscopy every 10 years.
But diagnoses in younger adults have been on the rise: New cases of colorectal cancer increased more than 2% each year among people younger than 50 between 2012 and 2016, according to the American Cancer Society .
Almost 90% of patients with colorectal cancer are age 50 or older, so doctors recommend that everyone age 45 and older have a colonoscopy every 10 years. (Getty)
Early signs of the disease may include rectal bleeding or bowel changes, such as constipation or diarrhea. Patients with more advanced disease may also experience abdominal pain, fatigue, anemia, weight loss, or decreased appetite.