Reducing Late Stage Detection of Colorectal Cancer in High-Risk Populations
Although rates of colorectal cancer are decreasing across the U.S., racial and ethnic minorities are disproportionately impacted by late-stage diagnosis and mortality.
African Americans are at greatest risk because of genetics, stigma, lack of healthcare coverage, and lack of trust in healthcare professionals.
Everyone between ages 50-75 should be screened regularly, but if you're an African American Male you should be getting screened at 45 and over.
From 2009-2013, colorectal cancer rates for African Americans were about 20% higher than caucasians, and mortaility rates were 40% higher than caucasians.
So what is colorectal cancer?
Colorectal cancer (AKA colon cancer) occurs in the colon (large intestine) or rectum. Abnormal growths (called polyps) can form in there, and over time, these polyps can turn into cancer. So how do you know if you have polyps? Screening tests can find them, and if you find them early enough, they can be removed before becoming cancerous. Browse the categories below to learn your options when it comes to screening and early detection.