LINCOLN — Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning, who underwent surgery for colon cancer last month, said he felt well enough this week to travel to Nevada for a speaking engagement.
And once again, the 44-year-old Bruning urged people not to put off a colonoscopy test, which he credited with saving his life.
“They said you'd (have) been dead at age 50 if we hadn't got this thing out,” Bruning said during a press conference this week.
A husband and father of two children, Bruning discovered the cancer after seeing his doctor for difficulties swallowing. The doctor ordered the colonoscopy.
On Dec. 12, a surgeon removed 8 inches of his colon and 23 lymph nodes. Because the cancer had not spread, he did not have to undergo chemotherapy.
He has returned to work full time, Bruning said. He traveled Wednesday to Las Vegas to participate in a panel discussion about the issue of patent trolls at the Consumer Electronics Show.
He discussed his diagnosis and surgery publicly to encourage others to undergo cancer screenings and other tests prescribed by medical professionals.
“I feel great,” he said. “I feel like I've got a new lease on life.”
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