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Early Detection and the Importance of Colorectal Cancer Screenings

Colorectal cancer screenings are crucial for early detection and can be life-saving. Eric Carbaugh, who was 49, decided to take warnings seriously after his brother discovered he had stage three cancer following gall bladder surgery. Carbaugh, experiencing symptoms like blood in his stool and learning about his genetic predisposition to cancer, underwent a colonoscopy which confirmed he had rectal cancer. As a result, his colon was removed to save his life, highlighting the importance of early screenings.

Dr. C.P. Choudari, a gastroenterologist, emphasizes that symptoms such as changes in bowel habits and bleeding should prompt individuals to get a colonoscopy. Early onset colorectal cancer now represents about 10% of all new cases, with a 51% increase since 1994. Predictions suggest that in the next decade, 25% of rectal cancers and 10-12% of colon cancers will be diagnosed in individuals under 50. Current guidelines recommend starting colonoscopy screenings at age 45, or earlier for those with a family history or other risk factors. Interestingly, only 15-20% of cases in people under 50 are linked to family history or genetic predisposition, meaning 80% are sporadic.

Carbaugh, a farmer, successfully underwent surgery to remove the cancer in 2021 and has a positive prognosis. He encourages others to not ignore symptoms and to start regular colonoscopies before age 50. For more information on colorectal cancer or to schedule a colonoscopy, individuals can visit the Meritus Hagerstown Gastroenterology website or contact them directly.


Pamela K Coyle 1949-2024

Pam received her Master’s degree in library science from Clarion University in 1978. She never lost her love of reading or her enthusiasm for libraries.

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Candie Sue Diffenderfer 1963-2024

Candie worked in the Prothonotary’s office at the Fulton County Courthouse, and later at Irving Accounting and U.S.A. Cartage in Williamsport, MD.

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