Randy Gonzalez of the ‘Enkyboys,’ a TikTok star, has died of stage four colon cancer, according to TMZ. He was 35.
The father of three from Alvin spoke to ABC13 in April 2022, but he had been diagnosed with colon cancer more than six months earlier.
Gonzalez and his son Brice, known as the ‘Enkyboys,’ brought laughter and joy to millions on TikTok and other social media platforms, where fans and celebrities alike shared their condolences on Thursday morning.
“Randy’s love and bond with his son and family was undeniable, as evidenced by every video. He will be missed, but he will never be forgotten. My heartfelt condolences go out to the entire family. God bless you, “George Lopez, the actor, wrote it.
In the comedian’s show “Lopez vs Lopez,” Brice plays Lopez’s grandson.
“Colon cancer kills far too many young people. To save lives, we need more education and better screening “According to one Twitter user.
Too many young people are dying of #coloncancer. We need more education and better screening to save lives. RIP Randy Gonzalez, #enkyboys brought smiles to millions!! https://t.co/5ceoLkQKQH pic.twitter.com/nDhALw8GH2
— Melody Ballesteros (@Melody94) January 26, 2023
He was so young, this is so sad 🙁 and for him to have that much joy and fun with his family while sick, and was able to share with us is amazing. RIP Randy 🙏🏻 https://t.co/6ejQRcTxMI
— 💚 (@Venusian_Rising) January 26, 2023
“What a lovely life you’ve created with your son. You weren’t here long enough, but you gave your boy a lifetime of memories and the pad from which to launch “another fan added.
Gonzalez told ABC13 that when he was first diagnosed with cancer last year, the doctor told him he only had two to three years to live. He was 33 years old at the time.
He claimed he had no family history of cancer or colon cancer, but he had been suffering from abdominal pain for years.
“They had no idea what it was,” Gonzalez explained. “They kept telling me it was ulcers or my gallbladder. They never mentioned colon cancer to me until I had my colonoscopy.”
Medical professionals have noticed an increase in the number of young adults developing colon or rectal cancer across the country.
One in every five colon cancer patients is between the ages of 20 and 54, according to the Colon Cancer Coalition. The recommended screening age is now 45 years old.
Dr. Y. Nancy You of MD Anderson predicted in late 2021 that if current trends continue, colon cancer cases in patients under the age of 35 would increase by 90% by 2030. Rectal cancer cases in patients that age are expected to increase by 124%, according to You.
Dr. Omar Madriz, a colon and rectal surgeon at UT Physicians and Memorial Hermann, advises young people to be aware of the warning signs and to get screened before the age of 45. If you have potential health or genetic factors, you may be at a higher risk.
“The most important thing to remember in younger patients is that anyone can get colon or rectal cancer,” Dr. Madriz said. “The risk increases with age, but just because you’re young doesn’t mean you can’t get colon or rectal cancer.”
According to a study led by the American Cancer Society, young people born after 1990 have twice the risk of colon cancer and four times the risk of rectal cancer as people born in the 1950s.
According to Dr. Madriz, it is still unknown why there has been an increase in the number of young people diagnosed.
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“However, we do know that certain factors raise the risk,” Dr. Madriz explained. “Such as not moving, not exercising, increasing alcohol consumption, eating a low fibre diet, and eating more red meat or fatty foods. We suspect it’s a combination of factors, including genetics and diet. However, we don’t know the specifics.”
The deaths of young people due to colon cancer demonstrate how devastating the disease can be at any age.
Chadwick Boseman, the star of ‘Black Panther,’ died in 2020 at the age of 43 from stage three colon cancer after a private four-year battle with the illness.
Kirstie Alley died of colon cancer in late 2022, despite being 71 years old.
Colon cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A stool test or a colonoscopy are examples of screenings.
Visit the Colon Cancer Coalition and the American Cancer Society websites to learn more about colon and rectal cancer.
“Don’t dismiss your symptoms,” Dr. Madriz advised. “Changes in bowel habits, abdominal pain, and blood in stools should not be overlooked.”
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