Can We Fix Racial Gaps in Colorectal Cancer Death Rates?

Before 1980, colorectal cancer death rates were actually higher for whites than African Americans. But, as rates began falling in the 1980’s for both blacks and white patients, decreases for whites were substantially greater than those for blacks.  Between 1985 and 2008, mortality rates for…

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Screening Rates Go Down for American Indians and Alaska Natives

Colorectal cancer screening rates for colorectal cancer improved between 2000 and 2008 for white, black and Asian-Americans aged 50 and over—but barely improved for Hispanics and actually worsed for American Indians and Alaska Natives. The latest statistics, just reported by the federal Agency for Healthcare…

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Screening Rates Creep Up . . . But Leave Many Behind

Overall, colorectal cancer screening rates were higher in 2008 than in 2006. By 2008 almost 2 of every 3 Americans over the age of 50 had either had a fecal occult blood test in the past year or sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy within the past ten…

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21st Century Challenges to Curing Colorectal Cancer

How many more lives could we save if we simply delivered, consistently, the things that work? That was the challenge that Dr. Arthur Kellerman laid down to people attending the AACR Science of Cancer Health Disparities conference in Miami on September 30. Dr. Kellerman, an…

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Uninsured with Rectal Cancer are More Likely to Die

Insurance makes a difference for people with rectal cancer. Rectal cancer patients without insurance or covered by Medicaid are almost twice as likely to die within five years as those privately insured. Not only are they diagnosed at a later stage, but fewer receive recommended…

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New Colorectal Cancer Cases Dropping in 2010

In 2010, experts predict that 4,400 fewer Americans will be diagnosed with colon and rectal cancer than in 2009. According to new American Cancer Society statistics for 2010, 142,570 people will hear the difficult words, “You have colorectal cancer”, down from 146,970 in 2009. Still,…

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Blacks Less Likely to Get Screening Follow-up

African Americans get more colorectal cancer than whites and die more often. Whether this is because of different biology or lack of access to high-quality medical care has long been debated. In a new study, blacks had very similar rates of polyps found during a…

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Colorectal Cancer News in Brief: November 16

Briefly: African Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer at later stages and have surgery less often which contributes to their poorer survival.  Women have a greater risk of a missed or early colorectal cancer after a negative colonoscopy. If you can’t have a loved one…

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Colorectal Cancer News in Brief: August 31

Clinical features of colon tumors can predict survival, acupressure bands reduce nausea during radiation therapy, and there was no connection between the amount of fish a person ate and risk for colorectal cancer.  Although blacks have an increased risk for colon and breast cancer, hospitals…

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