Widow of late DA Thompson raises colon cancer awareness

The widow of late District Attorney Ken Thompson is urging New Yorkers to get screened for colon cancer.



Lu-shawn Thompson shared her story Wednesday at Woodhull Hospital as part of Gift of Life Day.



Joined by doctors and elected officials, Thompson said her message was simple: with early detection, colorectal cancer is preventable, treatable and beatable.



She says she saw firsthand how aggressive the cancer can be. Her husband was diagnosed in April and died in October.



The goal of Gift of Life Day is to honor Ken Thompson's life by raising awareness of colorectal screenings



Officials say men and women 50 years of age or older should get screened for colon cancer.



City Councilman Robert Cornegy says Wednesday's Gift of Life Day isn't the only way Ken Thompson will be honored. He says a day in the late DA's name will be held in March.


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