A doctor's mission to end colon cancer is personal

A doctor’s mission to end colon cancer is personal

CLEVELAND (WJW) — Colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers in the United States, killing more than 51,000 people a year, according to Medical Resources.

The Cleveland Walk to End Colon Cancer took place on the East Bank in the apartments on Sunday.

Cleveland Clinic, MD, MS physician Stefan Holubar was one of the attendees. He’s director of research in the department of colorectal bowel surgery and chief of the clinic’s inflammatory disease section, but why he really works is personal.

“I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis when I was 7 years old. While in medical school, I had stage 3 colon cancer. I had to have emergency surgery followed by chemotherapy ,” Holubar told FOX 8.

Sunday’s march included about 550 people. Holubar said about half are survivors and the rest are medical personnel who have seen colon cancer up close.

According to the Cleveland Clinic, colorectal cancer occurs when the cells that line the colon or rectum become abnormal and grow out of control. Screenings aim to catch the cancer before it progresses.

Holubar says one of his missions is to make people aware of the importance of these screenings.

“I tried to be a patient advocate and very involved in raising awareness about the importance of getting colonoscopies in particular,” he said.

The Colorectal Cancer Alliance says Sunday’s event raised more than $52,000.

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