As an African American, do I have an increased risk of developing colorectal cancer? What preventative measures can I take?
Academic Title: Clinical Professor
Director, Center to Eliminate Cancer Disparities
Program Leader, Gastrointestinal Oncology
Medical Oncology, Internal Medicine
African Americans have a higher risk of developing colon cancer and develop the disease at an earlier age. It is important for African Americans to begin screening around age 45, discuss concerns with their doctors and eat a healthy diet that is low in fats and high in fiber.