Colon Cancer Causes The Death Of Tony Snow

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Tony Snow Dies of Colon Cancer

Snow was a familiar face throughout the United States, known in recent years for his lively, skillful sparring with reporters at White House news conferences.

President George W. Bush said in a statement: "Laura and I are deeply saddened by the death of our dear friend, Tony Snow."

It was "a joy to watch Tony at the podium each day. He brought wit, grace, and a great love of country to his work."

Tony Snow served as a speech writer to Bush's father, President George H. W. Bush, in the early 1990s. He became White House press secretary in May 2006, a year after undergoing chemotherapy and having his colon removed. In March 2007 he took a five-week break as spokesman for an abdominal operation, and resigned that September citing financial reasons.

From 1996 Snow was a presenter on the conservative TV channel Fox News. After leaving the White House he worked as a commentator on CNN.

Tony Snow's death brings Colon Cancer and its symptoms once again in focus as Tim Russert's death to heart disease.

Mayo Clinic defines Colon cancer as the cancer of large intestine (colon), the lower part of human digestive system. It lists the following as the symptoms of Colon Cancer.

Many people with colon cancer experience no symptoms in the early stages of the disease. When symptoms appear, they'll likely vary, depending on the cancer's size and location in your large intestine.


Signs and symptoms of colon cancer include:

A change in your bowel habits, including diarrhea or constipation or a change in the consistency of your stool for more than a couple of weeks

Rectal bleeding or blood in your stool

Persistent abdominal discomfort, such as cramps, gas or pain

Abdominal pain with a bowel movement

A feeling that your bowel doesn't empty completely

Weakness or fatigue

Unexplained weight loss

Blood in your stool may be a sign of cancer, but it can also indicate other conditions. Bright red blood you notice on bathroom tissue more commonly comes from hemorrhoids or minor tears (fissures) in your anus, for example. In addition, certain foods, such as beets or red licorice, can turn your stools red. Iron supplements and some anti-diarrheal medications may make stools black. Still, it's best to have any sign of blood or change in your stools checked promptly by your doctor because it can be a sign of something more serious.