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According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States. But when caught early, it’s very treatable. That's why it's more important than ever that you join us at St. Elizabeth and Take the Pledge.

  • Pledge to talk to a health care provider about your risk
  • Pledge to get screened and know the warning signs
  • Pledge to learn your family history
Learn the warning signs and risk factors.

 

Jon Bruning, Colon Cancer Survivor, and Dan Whitney, Comedian, Talk Colons

In 2013, Jon Bruning was diagnosed with colon cancer at the age of 44. Bruning felt great and wasn’t experiencing any symptoms of colon cancer. Check out these videos to hear Jon and Dan talk about the importance of getting screened for colon cancer. Last year, Whitney turned 50 and shared his colonoscopy experience through a video.


 

 

Jon Bruning, Colon Cancer Survivor: A Conversation Can Save Your Life

Bruning went to his physician because he was experiencing persistent acid reflux. He was going under anesthesia for a diagnostic procedure and his physician encouraged him to have a colonoscopy at the same time.

During the colonoscopy, two polyps were removed – one of which was cancerous.

 

Bruning underwent surgery, called a resection, where eight inches of his colon and a few lymph nodes were removed. Michael Jobst, MD, performed the surgery using the daVinci robot. Within three days, Bruning was back at home and returned to normal activity in a few weeks.

 

Jon Bruning considers himself fortunate. If he would have gone a few more years before having a colonoscopy, his prognosis would have been very different. He knows that talking about your colon can be uncommon for some, but can save lives. He is encouraging Nebraskans to know their family health history.



According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States.  The experts at the Saint Elizabeth Cancer Institute are here to support you physically, emotionally, and spiritually throughout your entire cancer journey—so you can fight back and win.

 
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