Lifelines 1 – African Americans and Colorectal Cancer
Narrator: This is Lifelines, from NIH Radio.
Henry-Tillman: Hello. I’m Dr. Ronda Henry-Tillman. African Americans are diagnosed and die from colorectal cancer more often than all other racial and ethnic groups. Several different colorectal cancer screening tests are available. These tests can find abnormal growths in the colon and rectum. Screening tests can also find colorectal cancer in its earliest stages. Colorectal cancer screening has been estimated to reduce the number of related deaths by 60 to 70 percent. Credible organizations recommend that adults age 50 and older be screened regularly for colorectal cancer. Individuals younger than age 50 who may be at increased risk for the disease should talk to their doctor about when to start screening. The National Cancer Institute offers information and the latest research about colorectal and other cancers. Visit www.cancer.gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER to speak with a cancer information specialist.
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