Racial Gap In Colon Cancer Deaths Is Widening
Racial Gap in Colon Cancer Deaths is Widening
A new report indicates that the racial gap in colon cancer death rates is widening. Colon and rectal cancer death rates are now nearly 50 percent higher in African Americans than in white Americans, according to American Cancer Society research. The gap has been growing since the mid-1970s, when colon cancer death rates for the two racial groups were nearly equal. The rate of diagnoses in blacks was about 19 percent higher than it was for whites in 2005, the most recent year for which statistics are available. The death rate difference was even more pronounced. Among African Americans, there were about 25 deaths per 100,000 people, compared to 17 per 100,000 in white Americans — a 48 percent difference.
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