“Older blacks have higher colorectal cancer risk”

A study in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that older black patients had a 31% higher risk of colorectal cancer than older white patients. Researchers noted greater racial and ethnic disparities for distal colon and rectal cancer than for proximal colon cancer.

“Black persons have the highest incidence of and mortality rates from CRC of any race or ethnic group in the United States,” Stacey A. Fedewa, PhD, MPH, and colleagues wrote in Annals of Internal Medicine. “In this population-based study of elderly Medicare enrollees, risk for interval CRC was 31% higher among black persons than white persons,”

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