Local woman hopes story of colon cancer journey will save others

(WHAM) - New research suggests tens of thousands of adults in upstate and western New York are not doing enough to fight colon cancer.

Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield said one in three adults in upstate New York between the ages of 50 and 75 have not been screened for colon cancer.

One woman who did not get a colonoscopy when she turned 50 told us she wished she had. That is the age at which doctors recommend patients receive a colonoscopy.

Years later, Lynn Johnson was diagnosed with colon cancer, underwent an extensive surgery to remove the tumor, and endured chemotherapy.

Johnson told 13WHAM News Thursday that if she had had a colonoscopy sooner, she would not have had to go through months of chemo.

"If it had been that I hadn't gotten a colonoscopy for years after, most likely the tumor would've gotten much larger and it would've been in a different stage," Johnson said. "So I would absolutely recommend everybody go out and get a colonoscopy and follow your doctor's advice, saves your life."

Colon cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death among adults in the U.S. You can learn more information here.

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