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Comedian Shares His Colonoscopy Experience in Online Video

February 25 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. Dan Whitney wants everyone to know that getting a colonoscopy is no big deal. Whitney, better known as Larry the Cable Guy, turned 50 last year and recently visited Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center to get checked for colon cancer. He’s sharing his experience through an online video to encourage others to have a colonoscopy.


“This is just preventive care,” said Whitney. “You want to do this to make sure everything’s good.”


March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the country, but is considered to be very treatable if caught early.


“60 percent of deaths from colon cancer are completely preventable through the use of colonoscopy,” said Dr. Matthew Hrnicek, the gastroenterologist who performed Whitney’s colonoscopy. “Dan’s is a typical case with no symptoms or family history of colon cancer. But 75 percent of colon cancer cases occur in patients who have no risk factors.”


And that’s why Larry the Cable Guy decided to Git-R-Done and have a colonoscopy. “I don’t want to die. I’ve got kids,” said Whitney. “Everybody’s got somebody who loves them, so you need to get this done.”


Whitney says he hopes the video encourages his fans to say, “You know what, Larry did it. I’m gonna go do it.”


Whitney’s video and a video with Dr. Hrnicek explaining the importance of colorectal cancer screening are available at


The video is part of a month-long campaign by Saint Elizabeth to raise awareness of colon cancer and the steps people can take to prevent and detect the disease.


On Monday, March 3, Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center will host the “More Victories” event to honor colorectal cancer survivors. Motivational guest speaker, JoAnne Owens-Nauslar, Ed.D., and Abbey Schnell, a 27-year old survivor, will present and share their stories.


Dr. Owens-Nauslar will present her Tests, Treatment and Humor program. Mrs. Schnell will share the inspiring story of her victory over colon cancer. Doctors discovered Schnell’s cancer shortly after she gave birth to her second son.


The event begins at 6 p.m. and all colon cancer survivors and their guests are invited. Guests can also participate in creating a “More Victories” quilt and enjoy an evening of music and a light dinner.


For more information and to RSVP, visit




About Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center
Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center, founded 125 years ago, is a full-service, 264-bed, nonprofit regional medical center in Lincoln, Nebraska. Since 2004, Saint Elizabeth has been recognized as a Magnet hospital for excellence in nursing. Saint Elizabeth is guided by its core values of reverence, integrity, compassion and excellence to devote funding and resources to programs and services that benefit their patients as well as the health of the greater community. Saint Elizabeth is part of Catholic Health Initiatives. For more information, visit

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Catholic Health Initiatives, a nonprofit, faith-based health system formed in 1996 through the consolidation of four Catholic health systems, expresses its mission each day by creating and nurturing healthy communities in the hundreds of sites across the nation where it provides care. One of the nation’s largest health systems, Englewood, Colo.-based CHI operates in 18 states and comprises 87 hospitals, including four academic medical centers and teaching hospitals and 24 critical-access facilities; community health-services organizations; accredited nursing colleges; home health agencies; and other facilities that span the inpatient and outpatient continuum of care. In fiscal year 2013, CHI provided $762 million in charity care and community benefit, including services for the poor, free clinics, education and research. Learn more at