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Colon and rectal cancer death rates 50% higher in African-Americans

ATLANTA (KWWL) - The racial gap in colon cancer death is widening according to a new report.

Lower screening rates and poor access to quality care for blacks is part of the reason.

According to American Cancer Society research, colon and rectal cancer death rates are now nearly 50% higher in blacks than in whites.

Colon cancer deaths can be prevented by early diagnosis through screening and quality care. The screening rate for whites is 50% compared to just 40% for blacks.

The gap has been growing since the mid-1970s, when colon cancer death rates for the two racial groups were nearly equal.

Online Executive Producer Nate Leding

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