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John Andretti thanks fans; urges ‘advocacy’ for colonoscopies

LENOX Industrial Tools 301 Practice

LOUDON, NH - JUNE 27: John Andretti, driver of the #34 Taco Bell Chevrolet, stands in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LENOX Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on June 27, 2009 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images for NASCAR)

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In a follow-up statement posted Tuesday following his revelation to WTHR-TV’s Dave Calabro (NBC affiliate in Indianapolis) that he has Stage 4 colon cancer, John Andretti thanked his fans and the motorsports community for their support while he urged everyone to be “their own health care advocate.”

Andretti, first cousin of Michael and Jeff Andretti and nephew to Mario Andretti, now told Calabro he is in “Stage 4A” of this diagnosis, but is working hard to beat it through chemotherapy.

In his statement out today, Andretti urges those over 50 to get a colonoscopy, and for those that do to include the hashtag of #CheckIt4Andretti.

The full statement is below.

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