Poverty, Lack of Insurance Barriers to Reducing Colon Cancer

Although new diagnoses of colon and rectal cancer are decreasing in the United States, the benefit does not reach everyone. No matter where they lived, incidence of colorectal cancer dropped significantly between 1995 and 2004 for white Americans aged 65 and over, most of whom have Medicare that covers colonoscopy screening.  However, colorectal cancer rates for…  Read More

Colorectal Cancer News in Brief: June 19

In studies reported this week  fewer specialists managing colorectal cancer were found in US counties with large African American populations, older adults with cancer had significantly worse physical and mental health, and palliative sedation at the end of life did not hasten death. In other headlines, colorectal cancer screening for the uninsured will begin on July…  Read More

Colorectal Cancer News in Brief: May 15

Despite more resources in large cities, patients were more often diagnosed with cancer at a late stage in cities in Illinois compared to rural areas. Phone calls and personalized diet and exercise plans helped long-term cancer survivors lose weight and gain strength, and scientists have found changes in the blood of family caregivers that promote inflammation…  Read More

Gap Continues in African American Deaths from Colorectal Cancer

Although both new cancer cases and cancer death rates are declining for both whites and African Americans, incidence and death rates continue to remain higher for blacks in the United States than for whites.  African American men are one-third more likely to die of cancer than whites, black women 16 percent more likely. While five-year survival…  Read More

African Americans Diagnosed Later and with Worse Colorectal Cancer Survival

Update from the 2009 Gastrointestinal Cancer Symposium African Americans in both a large national database of colorectal cancer patients and in records of a Philadelphia hospital were more likely to be diagnosed at an advanced stage and have poorer survival at every stage than white patients. Researchers at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadephia studied information from…  Read More

Colorectal Cancer Survival Gap Between Whites and African Americans

Although colorectal cancer death rates are falling for both whites and blacks in the United States, the decline is steeper for whites and the gap between races is growing. A new  report from the American Cancer Society, Colorectal Cancer: Facts and Figures 2008-2010, finds that African American men and women are more likely than the rest…  Read More