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Benjamin Pope, 24, talks about how Lynch Syndrome increases his chances for developing an additional cancer. MONTE DRAPER | BEMIDJI PIONEER

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.

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

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