The rate of colon cancer for African Americans is extremely high, and many doctors have figured that it is because of GENETIC FACTORS. Well that turns out NOT to be the case.
A new study finds that African Americans have a much higher chance of getting cancer than the rate for Africans in Africa.
African Americans had the highest death rate and shortest survival time for most cancers of any racial and ethnic group in the nation, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Although the overall difference in cancer death rates among racial groups is decreasing, the death rate for all cancers combined is 33 percent higher in African-American men and 16 percent higher in African-American women than in Caucasian men and women, respectively. African-American men also had the highest rates of cancer development of any race from 2001 to 2005.
By contrast, colorectal cancer is relatively uncommon in Africa, and is usually treatable if caught early.