Actor Chadwick Boseman, best known as the star of the hugely successful and groundbreaking film, “Black Panther,” shocked fans when he died in August of colon cancer at age 43. His older brother, Kevin Boseman, has also been through a battle with cancer.
Kevin recently celebrated two years of being cancer free, revealing on Instagram Stories that he has been in remission, Yahoo reported.
“I was diagnosed with cancer in 2018 and underwent four rounds of chemotherapy,” he said, according to screengrabs obtained by The Shade Room. “I’m in remission!!!!! You read right. I am in remission. Today marks my official two-year remission anniversary. October 14, 2020.”
Kevin is a dancer and choreographer in New York City. On the Instagram Story, he said he shared the news “because while it’s been a year of profound loss and tragedy for so many of us, this is good news,” TheGrio reported.
“Something to smile about. Something to shout about,” Kevin continued. “I hope you’re smiling and shouting with me. Cancer is something most of us have no control over. We can only control our responses to it, which includes being proactive about our healthcare both physically and mental.”
Kevin added, “Tomorrow is not promised and early detection saves lives. Health is wealth. True wealth.”
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African-American men are at a higher risk for cancer than their white counterparts and have lower 5-year cancer survival rates.
From 2012 to 2016, African-American men were 1.2 times more likely than non-Hispanic white men to have new cases of colon cancer and 1.7 times more likely to have prostate cancer, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health. They are also 1.7 times as likely to have stomach cancer.
Earlier this month in an interview with The New York Times, Chadwick’s other brother, Pastor Derrick Boseman recalled one of his final conversations with the Marvel star.
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“‘Man, I’m in the fourth quarter, and I need you to get me out of the game,'” Derrick recalled Chadwick saying. “When he told me that, I changed my prayer from, ‘God heal him, God save him,’ to ‘God, let your will be done.’ And the next day he passed away.”
Kevin said his brother Chadwick “always did his best. His best was incredible.”