Blacks Must Get Colon Cancer Test

Watson.jpgBy Geoffrey Watson
American Cancer Society (ACS) has launched an aggressive, multi-pronged statewide initiative to heighten awareness about the importance of early cancer testing with a focus on colon cancer.
The ACS says approximately 16,400 African American Californians will be diagnosed with colon cancer in 2008, and nearly half this number will die from the disease. African Americans have the highest death rate from colon cancer of any racial or ethnic group in the country. Therefore, American Cancer Society guidelines recommend that both men and women who are at average risk be screened beginning at age 50.
The good news is that colon cancer is preventable in more than 90 percent of the cases.  Many of the current testing methods allow doctors to detect colon cancer in its earliest, most treatable phase, or prevent it altogether.
For more information, call toll free 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.