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12 Years Old With 'a 100 Percent Chance' Of Getting Cancer
Ansleigh Adkins was fast-tracked for surgery when doctors found her colon carpeted with polyps. She has a genetic disease called FAP, familial adenomatous polyposis, which makes colon cancer inevitable.
By Dr. Sanjay Gupta
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Even her doctors at the Cleveland Clinic were surprised at how many polyps had developed on Ansleigh Adkins’ colon in the 12 short years she had been alive.
“Her colon is about three feet long,” said Mathew Kalady, MD. “When you think about the thousands of polyps, there’s very few spots of normal looking colon.”
Any one of those polyps could develop into colon cancer, which leaves doctors only one choice: removal of the colon.
Ansleigh had a 50-50 shot of inheriting the disease that led to her surgery: FAP, or familial adenomatous polyposis. Her father has it. Her aunt died of colon cancer. Ansleigh and her brother were tested at the same time. She was positive. He was negative.
The good news is that Ansleigh can live a normal life without a colon. She can even eat pretty much anything she wants. The main job of the colon is to absorb water, so she might have to go to the bathroom more often, but her chance of getting colon cancer is now drastically reduced.
Ansleigh’s parents and her doctors were all impressed by how bravely she faced her surgery.
She’s never been afraid, mad, angry, or fearful of anything we’ve had done here,” her mother Crystal Adkins said.
“She had a great insight to what was going on with her,” Dr. Kalady said.
And, in fact, Ansleigh seemed to be more concerned about the other sick children she met than she did about herself. She found comfort in a teddy bear during her own surgery. So once she recovered, she became a fundraiser, collecting enough money to distribute 70 teddy bears to other children in the hospital.
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