Burnt Hills football coach Matt Shell beat stage 2 squamous mouth cancer in 2006, but it's not the most difficult thing he's ever gone through. That was when his young son Jacob was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma at the age of 8.
Cancer is relentless. The Watroba family knows that fact all too well. Joe, a Mohonasen High School and Siena College graduate, was struck with a cancer diagnosis at 15 years old. He also saw his father fight it twice with an emotional goodbye.
While the pandemic has slowed funding to groups in the fight against cancer, much work is still being done. That includes clinical trials, which are important in the development of new treatments for cancer.
When it comes to cancer, catching it early gives you the best chance for successful treatment. If you wait until symptoms appear, it often means the cancer will be diagnosed at a later stage. That could mean more treatment, doctor visits, and hospital visits.