Knox cancer rate extremely high

February 27, 2016
Sherry Payne

Sherry Payne

“I work for an organization that I know saved my life.”


Sherry Payne was only 44 years old in 1998 when she was diagnosed with advanced stage colon cancer. She was given two years to live. After enduring 48 aggressive treatments for cancer, she was still down and out a long two years later.

“My husband told me to either go back to work or stop spending money,” Payne laughed, as she spoke opening about her cancer diagnosis with the Knox County Chamber of Commerce Tuesday.

Colon cancer, she said is the easiest and most preventable type of cancer. The trouble is, people simply will not take the time to get their screenings.

“It takes too long. It hurts too much. I can’t afford it. That’s just the main excuses people use,” said Payne. “But a really big excuse in this area is, “Cancer’s killed people in my family, now it’s my turn.”

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