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WNY man talks about his colon cancer journey to raise awareness [Video]

Michael Garvey was diagnosed with colon cancer at age 44.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Michael Garvey’s cancer journey started in 2022 after a lunchtime conversation with his uncle.

“[He] said, ‘You know your grandfather had colon cancer in his mid 50s.’ I hadn’t given it a lot of thought up until then,” said Garvey, now 45.

At the time, he was a year younger than the recommended age to begin colorectal cancer screenings, but still, he had a feeling something wasn’t right. He talked with his doctor and scheduled a colonoscopy.

“The doctor said we found something,” said Garvey. Further testing revealed he had early-stage colon cancer. 

“I need to stay strong. I need to stay positive. There are people in my life who want to see me improve and get better and that rely on me. My kids were a constant source of strength for me,” said Garvey.

His wife, Lisa, was also one of his biggest supporters. She knows more than her …

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Tuesday Morning Medical Update: Stage 4 Colon Cancer Now Helping Others [Video]

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Cases of colorectal cancer on the rise among younger Americans [Video]

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Doctors warn of rising rates of colon cancer in young people [Video]

Nicole Friedman received an unexpected colon cancer diagnosis at 34. A year after a life-saving surgery, she’s getting back to running.Read more: https://www.kgw.com/article/news/health/colon-cancer-rates-rise-young-people/283-42926702-dc86-472a-a3c9-4c3ec69169e0Subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/c/KGWNews8 Watch the latest KGW newscast: https://www.kgw.com/watch Get the KGW app: https://kgw.com/appredirect