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CDC Says Black Men Have Highest Rates of Colorectal Cancer

In 2007, 62 out of every 100,000 black men in the United States were diagnosed with colon or rectal cancer, the highest rate of colorectal cancer of any US group.

Overall, men were more likely to get colorectal cancer than women — almost 53 of every 100,000 American males compared to 40 per 100,000 females.

Reporting colorectal cancer incidence rates for 2007, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged regular colorectal cancer screening for all average risk adults 50 years and older to cut deaths from colorectal cancer.

According to the CDC, 142,672 Americans were diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2007, including 72,755 men and 69,917 women.

Incidence rate means how many people out of a given number get a disease in a given year.  Colorectal cancer incidence rates are reported per 100,000 people.

Across all groups, 52.7 of every 100,000 men were diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2007 and 39.7 per 100,000 women.

The incidence rates per 100,000 men were:

  • Blacks: 62.0
  • Whites: 51.5
  • Hispanics: 44.8
  • Asian/Pacific Islanders: 39.7
  • American Indians/Alaska Native: 33.5

For women,  incidence rates were

  • Blacks: 47.1
  • Whites: 38.5
  • Hispanics: 32.6
  • Asian/Pacific Islanders: 31.1
  • American Indians/Alaska Native: 28.8

The CDC estimates that as many as 60 percent of colorectal cancer deaths could be prevented if all men and women age 50 and over were screened routinely.

Data comes from the United States Cancer Statistics: 1999–2007 Cancer Incidence and Mortality Web-based Report.

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