Attorney General Jon Bruning recovering from cancer surgery - Omaha.com
Published Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 8:20 pm / Updated at 9:11 pm
Attorney General Jon Bruning recovering from cancer surgery

LINCOLN — Attorney General Jon Bruning was resting comfortably after undergoing colon cancer surgery Thursday, a spokeswoman said.

A portion of his colon and some lymph nodes were removed during the surgery, performed at Lincoln's St. Elizabeth Regional Health Center.

The surgery had no complications, said Shannon Kingery, the spokeswoman.

Kingery said lab results next week will determine if further treatment is necessary.

In a statement, Bruning thanked people for their support.

Bruning, 44, is a Republican seeking his fourth term as attorney general.

He underwent a colonoscopy before Thanksgiving. A cancerous polyp was discovered, and that prompted the surgery.

Bruning disclosed the cancer diagnosis to reporters Wednesday.

He said he went public in hopes that it would encourage others to undergo screenings for colon cancer, including colonoscopies.

The American Cancer Society recommends that men and women at average risk for developing colorectal cancer should undergo screenings beginning at age 50.

For people who have a personal or family history of colon cancer or polyps, the Society recommends that testing start earlier.

Bruning said he was unaware he had a family history of polyps until after he was diagnosed.

A doctor had recommended that he undergo the colonoscopy after Bruning sought treatment for what he thought was acid reflux disease.

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