Colorectal cancer deaths are slowly declining, but shocking racial and ethnic disparities remain.
According to the American Cancer Society, Latinos living in the United States are more likely to develop and die from this disease than those in many Central and South American countries. African-Americans are at least 41 percent more likely to die from colorectal cancer than whites.
Both groups are also less likely to get screened, and their cancers are often found later.
What can be done?
A growing number of medical groups, patient advocates and members of Congress say virtual colonoscopy – known medically as CT colonography – can overcome cultural stigmas and anxiety associated with this screening.
“CT colonography can attract those who would otherwise not …