Nebraska's attorney general announced Wednesday that he has cancer. At 44, Jon Bruning will undergo surgery Thursday for colon cancer.
He'll be fighting for re-election in 2014 but before then, Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning will be fighting for his life. At 44, he'll undergo surgery for colon cancer.
Dr. Tim Huyck is not Bruning’s doctor but the oncologist at Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center says, “Somebody who is in the 40s, it is unusual to be diagnosed with colon cancer."
He can also tell us that Bruning’s children should now get screened at 34.
Nancy Paul is a colon cancer survivor who says, “Colon cancer is hitting more people, at a younger age than ever."
Nancy was diagnosed at 32. Soon she'll celebrate 23 years of being colon cancer free.
It's the third most commonly diagnosed cancer. It's the second leading cause of cancer death. That tells Nancy that people aren't getting screened.
She said, “24 hours of preparation beats a year of radiation and chemotherapy and I had both."
Her daughter, Katie, knows the process. She underwent her first colonoscopy at 21 and told us about the preliminary fluid intake saying, “It's not the most horrible tasting."
She is talking about the gallon-and-a-half preparation people drink before getting a colonoscopy.
Pharmacist Jim Quinley said, “You can't stop going to the bathroom for the next hour and you think you're going to be in the bathroom the rest of your life."
Nancy Paul said, “Make butts funny, make your anus, rectum, funny and then maybe people will talk about it."
Whatever it takes, she says, to get people over their fears and moving in the right direction.
Most people are advised to get screened at 50. If colon cancer runs in your family, especially if your parent had it, you should get your screening earlier.