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Colorectal Cancer Racial Gap Still Growing
Date:12/15/2008

ests we have right now allow doctors to detect this killer at its earliest, most treatable stage, or even prevent it altogether. But as this report shows, there's more work to be done to ensure all Americans have access to these lifesaving tests, and that those who do have access to the tests use them."

In 2008, an estimated 148,800 people in the United States will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and about 49,000 will die of the disease, which is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the third leading cause of cancer death in the country, according to the American Cancer Society.

Many of those cancers and deaths could be prevented through more widespread use of cancer prevention methods and by increasing access to screening tests.

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The U.S. National Cancer Institute has more about colorectal cancer.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: American Cancer Society, news release, Dec. 15, 2008


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