A Cancer Too Common: African Americans and Colon Cancer

Mar 28, 2014     No Comments    Posted under: Health, Infographics

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month:
Many people put off being screened for colorectal cancer because they think they feel OK. But often it develops without any signs – and only 1 in 5 colon cancer patients have a family history. Thankfully, it is 90 percent preventable when caught early through screening tests.



A Cancer Too Common - African Americans and Colon Cancer




Colon cancer affects more African Americans than any other population. In addition, African Americans have a higher death rate because they are more likely to be diagnosed in late stages, when treatment is more difficult. Only routine screening and early detection can greatly improve chances of survival.
Age is the No. 1 risk factor for colon cancer (50, or 45 for African Americans). Other risk factors include:
Genetics: Personal or family history of colon polyps or colon cancer
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis)
Diabetes
Obesity
Lifestyle Habits: Smoking, excessive alcohol intake, diet high in fat

Review the infographic from Capital Digestive Care and visit http://bit.ly/Infograph-CRC-AfricanAmericans to learn more.

By: Capital Digestive Care, The founding physicians of digestive care in the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area, all CONNECTED, leading to a better understanding of each patient’s condition & the most effective plan of care.

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