African Americans are at higher risk for colon cancer

African Americans have the highest incidence rate and death rate from colon cancer of any racial or ethnic group in the US.

African Americans are less likely than other racial or ethnic groups to have colon cancer diagnosed in the earliest, most treatable stage.

Ninety percent of colon cancer cases are diagnosed in people older than 50.

Both men and women are at risk.

If colon cancer is found in the earliest stages, the survival rate is 90 percent.

Don't wait for symptoms to occur to get tested. Symptoms (i.e., bleeding, cramping) may only appear in later stages when treatment may be less effective.

Source: The American Cancer Society

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