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The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) and the Colon Cancer Alliance have established a unique partnership dedicated to preventing colon cancer in the African American community.
Click here to read about the "Now is the Time" campaign!
NBCI Partners with the Colon Cancer Alliance Through its Health Emergency Declaration
Colon Cancer Alliance
The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that there are nearly 42 million African Americans living in the country, comprising about 13 percent of the total population.
Of that population, the U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group estimates that approximately 18,000 African American men and women will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2013?and in just that same year, 6,850 of them will die from it.
Research from the American Cancer Society shows the death rates for colorectal cancer are about 45 percent higher in African Americans than in Caucasians, and although incidence and mortality rates continue to decrease in both ethnicities, the rates are still higher and declines have been slower among African Americans. The reasons for this are not yet understood.
With staggering numbers like these, education about colorectal cancer, prevention methods and screenings are imperative to saving lives. As part of Colon Cancer Awareness Month, we at National Black Church Initiative encourage you to do your part to spread the word about colon cancer prevention and to get screened.
NBCI President Anthony Evans and CCA CEO Eric Hargis
It's important to keep in mind that the recommended age to be screened may vary depending on several factors, including family history, age, and ethnicity, among others. Make sure check with your primary care physician to determine when screening is right for you.
If you're still hesitant, check out Dr. Barry Berger's blog post from last month. He debunks some common myths about colon cancer, offering reassurance to those who are uncertain.
- The Colon Cancer Alliance toll-free helpline # is: 877-422-2030 This number is answered live Monday - Friday, 9AM - 8PM ET.
This helpline will help people who are considering screening and need guidance as well as those who are diagnosed.
For more information on this program, visit http://ccalliance.org/helpline/index.html
- Financial assistance program to support those seeking screening
- Colonoscopy Tips and Tricks page
- With colon cancer, there can be a genetic tie to why people are more susceptible to getting the disease. This page helps provide additional information about this: http://ccalliance.org/genetics/index.html
- As a side note, colon cancer can affect people younger than 45/50. If someone needs information on early onset colon cancer, they can get that info here: http://ccalliance.org/nevertooyoung/