Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States.
When caught early, the 5-year survival rate is over 90%. However, some populations continue to be hesitant.
It’s a cancer that disproportionately affects Black, Latino and American Indian communities.
Essential Screenings for Colon Cancer
Screenings, like a colonoscopy or an at-home stool test, are essential because when colorectal cancer is caught early, it can often be cured. According to the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASOC), the 5-year survival rate for localized colorectal cancer is 91%. Those numbers begin to drop the farther cancer has spread:
- 72% five-year survival rate when colorectal cancer has spread to nearby tissue, organs or lymph nodes
- 15% five-year survival rate when colorectal cancer has spread to distant organs (lungs, brain)
It’s clear that when colorectal cancer is caught early, the better the outcome may be. But how do you engage a community that has been disproportionately affected by an illness and has also experienced a traumatic history of racism and inequity in health care?
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