Letters to the Editor

Carl Strayhorn: Cancer urgency

Regarding your June 7 editorial “Cancer fight”: I underwent the radical prostectomy some 17 years ago. My experience clearly indicated there are early symptoms detectable by the thoroughness of a caring and alert physician. The elevated PSA acted as an important warning signal in part of the diagnosis.

Early detection is critical because my doctor conveyed that these cancer cells may travel through the blood stream and elsewhere form colonies initially undetectable by blood tests or radiology procedures.

I wanted the stuff removed from my body as quickly as possible regardless of how slowly the cancer grows.

Could it be that each member of the U.S. Preventive Service Task Force, an independent group of health professionals, might want the very same removal should this cancer be in their very own insides?

Carl Strayhorn

Durham

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