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New Church Campaign Fights High African American Colon Cancer Rates

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African American individuals have higher risks of colon cancer than any other racial group. To address this issue, the Colon Cancer Alliance has teamed up with the National Black Church Initiative, a coalition of more than 34,000 African American and Latino churches, to fight the high rates of colon cancer in African American communities. 

Together, they are launching an awareness program, Now is the Time¸ which seeks to prevent colon cancer by increasing the screening rate among African Americans. Through church sermons, they plan to raise awareness about the disease and the importance of screenings.

According to Eric Hargis, CEO of the Colon Cancer Alliance, more than 18,000 African Americans are diagnosed with colon cancer each year, and almost 7,000 will die from the disease.

“African American communities need to know that colorectal cancer is preventable and highly treatable when caught early,” Congressman Payne, Jr. said, a strong advocate for colon cancer prevention and Honorary Chair of this awareness effort.

The campaign will kick-off on June 14th with Colon Cancer Prevention Sunday at Abyssinian Baptist Church. This church, along with over three hundred New Jersey churches, will feature a health sermon about preventing colon cancer, and, according to Reverend Anthony Evans,
deliver the message that "‘Now is the Time’— [screenings] can save you or your loved one’s life.”

Other News from Around the Web:

  • A new grant awarded to University Health System will enable the health system to provide more colonoscopies to Hispanic men, an underserved population. 
  • Overweight teens may be twice as likely to develop colon cancer later in life, new study suggests.
  • A diet that includes walnuts may lead to a slower colon cancer tumor growth rate, according to new Harvard research.
  • Promising research shows that a new drug may be able to train patients' immune system to attack and remove cancerous tumors

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