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Fight Colorectal Cancer Headed for San Francisco and the 2012 GI Symposium

We’re getting ready for the 2012 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium next week at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Kim Ryan, Nancy Roach, and I will be there checking out the latest colon and rectal cancer prevention and treatment research and talking with leaders in the colorectal cancer field. Colon and rectal cancer is featured on Saturday, January 21, but we’ll also be looking at research results for cancers in the upper digestive tract, liver, and pancreas on Thursday and Friday, visiting exhibits, and meeting with members of the Fight Colorectal Cancer Medical Advisory Board.   Watch for our reports from the Symposium on the Fight Colorectal Cancer Research and Treatment

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 nearly 245,000 colon and rectal cancer patients from the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) database. They compared that information to 20 years worth of data in the Jefferson University Hospital tumor registry for 2,500 patients treated from 1988 through 2007.