Cancer survivor credits colonoscopy for saving his life

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A colonoscopy can catch colon cancer before it’s too late, but only about 50 percent of adults who should have one get one.

KSN sat down with a Mike Kurtz, a cancer survivor, who thanks a colonoscopy for saving his life. Mike is a dedicated athlete, but after a colonoscopy three years ago, he found himself on the starting line of race to save his life. 

“And, I wake up a little groggy, and he brings my wife in and says, ‘hey you’ve got cancer.’ I said no. I’m going back to sleep. You know because I felt pretty healthy, I looked like I was healthy.”

Regardless of how he felt, his body was battling polyps developing in his colon.

His doctors ordered a gene test. The results showed, despite removing his cancerous polyps, he still had a 70 percent chance of the condition reoccurring.

RELATED LINK | Signs and Symptoms of Colon Cancer – American Cancer Society

“But, what he would suggest, it would be a total colectomy, which is basically removing my large intestine, because, my polyps throughout my large intestine which is eight foot long, so, they couldn’t just do a section.”

The procedure went well, but then, he got some disturbing news about his kids.

“We had them tested right away.”

Blood work showed, his son and daughter, just 19 and 22 years old at the time both had the gene that causes cancer meaning a lifetime of colonoscopies.

“My son came back with a dozen polyps, and my daughter had 10. Non-cancerous at that point.”

Right now, doctors are able to contain the polyps. Mike is passionate about the Get Your Rear in Gear – Wichita 5K Run/1Mile Fun Run, calling it a celebration for him and other survivors. He says the event helps people get educated, get screened.

“Park your pride aside guys and go and do the right thing for you and your family. Because, you just never know.”

The run is Sunday, May 27 in downtown. 

All proceeds go to support colon cancer awareness and help increase screenings in the Wichita area. 

WEBSITE | Get Your Rear in Gear – Wichita 5K Run/1Mile Fun Run

FACEBOOK | Wichita Get Your Rear in Gear

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