Heshimu Jaramogi, a Philadelphia journalist and a former colleague, has died of colon cancer, the third leading cause of cancer deaths in black men, according to the American Cancer Society.
The 67-year-old Jaramogi died Tuesday at his home surrounded by family, according to news reports.
He had been president of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists, receiving its lifetime achievement award in 2011.
He founded and owned a media company, Jaramogi Communications, and he also worked as a general assignment reporter for several Philadelphia radio stations. In addition, he worked as an adjunct professor at Temple University’s Multimedia Urban Reporting Lab.
I didn’t know Jaramogi well, but I was a reporter for the eight years at the Philadelphia Daily News and we crossed paths frequently.
I am familiar with the dangers of colon cancer.
My father, Mitchell Lowe, died of colon cancer which shocked me because he was an Army veteran and had access to excellent health care.
According to the American Cancer Society in 2019, 3,810 black men died of colon and rectum cancer in 2019, representing 10 percent of the 36,840 cancer deaths.
It is also the third-leading site for new cancer cases behind prostate and lung cancers.
I am getting checked for colon cancer next month. I urge all black men to get checked for this deadly disease.
Many people have no symptoms colon cancer until the later stages of cancer
The symptoms include:
- Blood in stool
- Unexplained weight loss
- Abdominal pain