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Colon Cancer Survivor Stories

Colon cancer is the second-leading cause of death among all cancers, yet it is also highly curable if detected early. That is why doctors urge regular colonoscopy screenings starting at age 50, or earlier if there is a family history. As many patients can attest, a colonoscopy can truly be a lifesaver, especially since colon cancer often has no obvious symptoms. The following inspiring stories from University Hospitals patients show just how important colorectal cancer screenings can be in helping to beat the odds.

Elizabeth Brandewie, MD stands aside a picture of UH's giant inflatable colon

Avid Runner, 44, Schedules Colonoscopy that Catches Cancer

On the same day, Elizabeth Brandewie, MD, saw the giant inflatable colon on display at UH St. John Medical Center for Colon Cancer Awareness Month, and also read an article about the increasing rate of colon cancer in people in their 30s and 40s.

Ellen Smith smiling

Local Woman Learns Importance of Screening Colonoscopy After Colon Cancer Diagnosis

“Every year I received a card in the mail, saying I was due for an annual PAP smear and exam, and I had gone to those appointments religiously,” Ellen said.

Jenni Kozak

Mother of 3 is Cancer-Free Thanks to Life-Saving Colonoscopy and Cancer Treatment

When 44-year-old Jenni Kozak began having colorectal pain, she didn't think it would be something as serious as cancer.

Terry Wise

Local Man Diagnosed with Colon Cancer Urges Others Not to Ignore Symptoms

Even though his wife had her recommended colorectal cancer screening at University Hospitals, 53-year-old Terry Wise of Cleveland put his routine colonoscopy on the back burner.

Kate Lloyd at home

Cleveland Heights Woman Fights Colon Cancer and WINS

A family history and a trace of blood prompts 79 year old Kate to get screened for colon cancer.