Has Chadwick Boseman’s death made you curious about colon cancer screening? – Health News Today

Chadwick Boseman’s legacy extends beyond Hollywood. His dying of colon cancer has started conversations about the health of one’s gut. Per the American Cancer Society, African Americans are 20% more likely to get colorectal cancer and 40% more likely to die from it than other groups (with Black men having the highest incidence).

Medical professionals are advocating for more screenings in communities of color. The Tribune spoke to Dr. Karen Kim, professor of medicine, director of the Center for Asian Health Equity and a gastroenterologist of more than 20 years working at UChicago Medicine.

“I would say all communities of color either suffer from lower screening or higher mortality,” Kim said. “But particularly African American men, they get colon cancer much more so than any other population and die from it. From any stage — late stage, early stage, middle stage — they don’t do as well, in general, compared to any other population, and we certainly need to understand why.”

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