Letters: Apr. 3, 2000

Crusade Against Colon Cancer

Kudos for your calm and conversational article [COLON CANCER, March 13]. It should nudge many readers into talking to their physicians about colon-cancer testing. And more kudos to Katie Couric for her willingness to describe what she experienced during her colonoscopy, reinforcing TIME's statement that "most people find the idea worse than the exam." PAUL GAERTNER JR. Athens, Ga.

Scientific data show that as many as 90% of colorectal cancers can be prevented when polyps found by screening techniques are removed. In this way, cancer is stopped before it begins. I believe that the knowledge that screening...

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