The Today host pushes medical screening, while colleague Dan Abrams reveals his own fight

By Stephen M. Silverman
September 09, 2004 09:00 AM

New York’s Fashion Week isn’t simply about baubles, bangles and beads.

Katie Couric took her message about battling colon cancer to the event, while her NBC colleague, Dan Abrams, has also gone public with his own personal health fight.

Couric was in midtown’s Bryant Park to deliver her message of making colorectal cancer screening more fashionable. Speaking on behalf of the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance, Couric was joined by model Iman, My Big Fat Greek Wedding star Nia Vardalos and designer Carmen Marc Valvo, himself a colon cancer survivor.

The Today show host, 47, said that while hemlines go up and down, your body is here to stay. “You want (your bodies) to look as good on the inside as out,” she said, according to the Associated Press.

Meanwhile, on Thursday’s Today show, NBC News chief legal correspondent Dan Abrams, 38, discussed his until-now-secret battle against testicular cancer.

It began, he said, when he noticed a painless lump on a testicle and proceeded to his being treated at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, where a tumor was removed. He later underwent invasive surgery to remove lymph nodes from his abdomen. These turned out to be clear of cancer cells.

He said he was inspired to go public with his personal issue after the death, from testicular cancer, of 37-year-old local New York sportscaster Sean Kimmerling on Sept. 9, 2003. Though the two never met, they were treated simultaneously at Sloan-Kettering.