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Cancer diagnosis at age 21 leads to discovery of rare genetic condition for Bemidji man

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BEMIDJI — In some ways, Benjamin Pope’s cancer diagnosis was a blessing.

At age 21, in excruciating pain, the young man sought medical attention at his local emergency room and learned that his colon was collapsing into itself.


Three days later, following surgery, he was diagnosed with colon cancer.

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