Get tested for colon cancer, be aware of misconceptions

The American Cancer Society reported overall cancer deaths fell for the second year in a row, the largest drop being in the number of deaths attributed to colon cancer.

However, despite growing awareness of this disease and the benefits of early detection, misconceptions about colon cancer and colon cancer screenings still exist. Sadly, these misconceptions could turn the tide of decreasing colon cancer mortality rates if they aren't addressed.

Colon cancer is not just a man's disease; it is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer among both men and women. Colon cancer screening is just as important as a pap test, mammogram or prostate exam. If colon cancer is found early, there is a 90 percent five-year survival rate. You have the power to stop colon cancer before it starts.

Finding and removing precancerous polyps during testing will avoid the disease completely.

In Del Norte county, an expected 20 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in this year and five people will die from the disease. Everyone over 50 should talk to their doctor about screening - and with March being Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, what better time to get tested?

Laura Read


Community Services

Crescent City

Traditional family values would help children most


Shades of Hillary Clinton! It seems we have a county supervisor who has a subtle political touch in reviving the corpse of a Clintonesqe mantra, andquot;It takes a village to raise a childandquot; (andquot;Aiming for cultural change,andquot; Feb. 20). With a less than subtle shift of words (andquot;communityandquot; for andquot;villageandquot;) supervisor Dave Finnigan spirits the reader off to far away Africa where he introduces him/her to the Masai greeting andquot;Kasserian ingeriaandquot; which translated he says means, andquot;And how are the children?andquot; From there, the resolution is introduced to the Board of Supervisors and, voila, the Year of the Child is adopted in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the County of Del Norte.

How can (or why would) anyone seek to disparage such a noble undertaking as the proclaimed dedication of Del Norte County's resources to the welfare and well being of children? Not me.

I acclaim the support the board has taken in focusing official county priorities on the welfare of our children. It is laudable, indeed. I support it wholeheartedly, but I am adamant in opposing the Clintonian concept of andquot;It takes a village to raise a child.andquot; Balderdash! I was not raised by a community (village) and I seriously doubt that Finnigan was. We were raised in what surely was a labor of sacrifice and sweat and hard work by caring, loving parents. The andquot;communityandquot; was doing likewise with their children. Somehow we all made it through the travail.

Never did I reach out to the community to raise my children. My wife and I dedicated ourselves to the task (and it is work) with love and diligence and without the village. True, community services were and have been available for the most part all our lives to give limited assistance, such as medical services, but we paid for them. So, the concept of andquot;It takes a village (or community) to raise a child,andquot; in my opinion is, well, silly!

May I posit the idea that andquot;cultural changeandquot;has already been instigated and we have the dire need to return to traditional family values? That would be a triumphant Year of the Child.

Dale Bohling

Crescent City