What is the racial predilections for colon cancer?

Updated: Apr 15, 2020
  • Author: Tomislav Dragovich, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: N Joseph Espat, MD, MS, FACS  more...
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Since 1989, colorectal cancer incidence rates have been higher for blacks than for whites in both men and women. Currently, incidence rates of colorectal cancer are 24% higher in black men and 19% higher in black women compared with white men and women, respectively. [29]

Colorectal mortality rates are 47% higher in black men and 34% higher in black women compared with whites. However, from 2007 to 2016, colorectal cancer death rates declined faster in blacks than in whites, narrowing the racial disparity in both men and women. [29]

Asians/Pacific Islanders have the lowest incidence and mortality from colorectal cancer. Hispanics have the second lowest. [23]


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