John Andretti thanks fans, friends; urges those over 50 to get colonoscopy

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Former NASCAR and IndyCar driver John Andretti, who is battling Stage 4 colon cancer, stated Tuesday on Twitter that he has been “overwhelmed and humbled by everyone that has reached out to me by phone, text, social media or otherwise to send their prayers, well wishes and offer support.”

WTHR in Indianapolis reported Andretti’s condition earlier this week. The report states that the 54-year-old Andretti was diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer after a colonoscopy in January. He had surgery to remove 12-14 inches of his colon. Doctors later discovered the cancer had spread to his liver.

“Now I’m a Stage 4A,” Andretti told the TV station. “There is only a stage 4B from my understanding, so I’m not really excited about that. But the good news is that we are still on the side that has a good chance of being cured.”

The TV station reports that Andretti undergoes chemotherapy at the Levine Cancer Institute in Concord, North Carolina.

After thanking fans and friends for their support, Andretti urged all undergo a colonoscopy if they are age 50 and older.

“Early detection is key and had I been screened sooner, my diagnosis would be much better. Bottom line is that colonoscopies save lives. PLEASE DO IT!

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