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8 Famous People With Ulcerative Colitis

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Tony Snow

Former White House press secretary Snow died at age 53 after a battle with colon cancer.

In a 2006 radio interview with Houston gastroenterologist Joseph S. Galati, MD, Snow, then a Fox News commentator, says, "I had ulcerative colitis for 27 years. It is, at least in my case, probably congenital."

People with ulcerative colitis have a heightened risk for colon cancer. Although Snow had regular colonoscopies, a fast-growing type of cancer ultimately claimed his life.

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