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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 due to genetics, stigma, lack of healthcare coverage, and lack of trust for healthcare professionals. 

Everyone Aged 50-75 Should be Screened,
All African American Males Over 45 Should be Screened

We’re working with the Family Health Center of Harlem to mobilize outreach workers working to increase screenings and decrease stigma.

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.

From 2009-2013, colorectal cancer rates for African Americans were about 20% higher than whites, and mortaility rates were 40% higher than whites.

Questions For Your Doctor

Visiting the doctor can be stressful. It helps to have questions written down ahead of time. Click below to download our list of suggested questions to ask your doctor.

What You Should Know:

Thanks to increased screening and polyp removal prior to cancer formation, the death rate from colon cancer has dropped in both men and women for several decades. What’s more, treatment for colon cancer has improved over the last few decades. As a result, there are now more than 1 million colorectal cancer survivors in the U.S..