Some Blacks Particularly Vulnerable to Colon Cancer, UCLA Researchers Find
A recent study by UCLA researchers finds that blacks are particularly vulnerable to colon cancer. The study examined the records of Californians ages 40 to 80 who had a family history of colon cancer. Fola May, a study author and gastroenterologist at UCLA, said that blacks "are more likely to get colon cancer, they're more likely to have an advanced stage of disease when they're diagnosed with colon cancer" and "[t]hey're more likely to die from colon cancer." However, just about 60% of black patients in the study had been screened for colon cancer.
- "African-Americans Face Higher Colon Cancer Risk, Less Likely To Be Screened" (Artsy, "State of Health," KQED, 9/30).