Blacks have double the colon cancer death risk

05/25/2004 | NYTimes.com

While death rates from colorectal cancer have dropped among white Americans, blacks are now 50% more likely to die from colon cancer than whites, a new study says. According to the research, the death rates are higher among blacks even when they receive the same treatment as whites, and experts say the findings should encourage blacks to aggressively pursue follow-up care, even if tumors are removed early.

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