Get unlimited digital access to baltimoresun.com. $0.99 for 4 weeks.
News Opinion Readers Respond

For some, colon cancer screening before age 50

Carol Carr's diagnosis of colorectal cancer at age 44 ("Colon cancer rises for young," July 30) underscores the point that even though current national guidelines for average risk individuals call for colon screening to start at age 50, there are important exceptions. Anyone experiencing symptoms like Ms. Carr's should talk to a gastroenterologist.

African-Americans fall into a high-risk category and are another exception to the rule to start screening at age 50. The American College of Gastroenterology in its official screening guidelines recommends that African-Americans should start younger — at age 45 — because they face a higher incidence of colorectal cancer generally, have more cancers in the right side of the colon, as well as potentially more aggressive tumors.

Dr. Michael E. Cox, Baltimore

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
Related Content
  • More younger people getting colorectal cancer
    More younger people getting colorectal cancer

    Rates have risen slowly and steadily in patients under age 50

  • Hogan wrong to block smog rules
    Hogan wrong to block smog rules

    Gov. Larry Hogan wants "better communities ... and better lives," for us and "our children and our children's children." But action speaks louder than words, and retracting well-researched, broadly-supported, health-improving smog regulations was no way to achieve these wants ("Hogan moves...

  • Jackson-Lee commemoration should stay
    Jackson-Lee commemoration should stay

    I read with interest Ann C. Kehinde's letter ("Timing of Jackson-Lee event just coincidence?" Jan. 22). The idea of which came first, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday or the Jackson-Lee commemoration, is really a specious argument. Both Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson...

  • A new day in Annapolis?
    A new day in Annapolis?

    Thanks to The Sun for all those who wrote so many kind perspectives on Larry Hogan, our new governor ("Hogan pledges culture of 'tolerance and mutual respect' in Annapolis," Jan. 21).

  • Coping with climate change
    Coping with climate change

    A recent letter to the editor points out that a solution to climate change is available that could be supported by Republicans ("Carbon fee is bipartisan solution to climate change," Jan 22).

  • Turning a blind eye to mental illness
    Turning a blind eye to mental illness

    We were outraged to read that mental health funding was slashed by the Board of Public Works earlier this month in order to close a state budget gap ("Balancing Md.'s budget on the backs of the mentally ill," Jan. 21).

  • Hogan's budget cuts will hurt too many Marylanders
    Hogan's budget cuts will hurt too many Marylanders

    Gov. Larry Hogan campaigned on a pledge to reduce the budget, but the impact may be disproportionately felt by the most vulnerable: small businesses, people on fixed or limited incomes and children ("Hogan budget would cut state worker pay, city school aid," Jan. 22).

  • Hogan should derail Red Line
    Hogan should derail Red Line

    It is particularly disappointing that outgoing Maryland Transportation Secretary James T. Smith Jr.'s pro-Red Line commentary ignored the most basic facts about this massive and expensive project ("Why should we pursue the Red Line?" Jan. 21). Let's look at each of Mr. Smith's points and see...

Comments
Loading