Colorectal cancer is one of the leading causes of death for both men and women in the United States. However, there are significant racial disparities in the rates of colorectal cancer diagnoses and mortality. African Americans are more likely to be diagnosed with colorectal cancer than any other racial group, and are more likely to die from it.
In order to address the racial disparities in colorectal cancer, it is important to first understand the underlying causes. Research suggests that unequal access to healthcare, poverty, and lack of knowledge about risk factors are some of the major contributing factors to the disparities in colorectal cancer outcomes.
To address these disparities, there have been initiatives to improve access to care and increase awareness of colorectal cancer risk factors in underserved communities. In addition, there have been efforts to make screening tests more affordable and accessible. The Affordable Care Act and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have taken steps to increase access to colorectal cancer screenings for individuals with limited financial resources.
In addition, there have been efforts to increase awareness of the importance of colorectal cancer screenings. The American Cancer Society, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other organizations have launched campaigns