Using race to reduce incidence of cancer

  • Article by: MAURA LERNER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 21, 2010 - 11:02 PM

Statistics showing higher rates of colon cancer among blacks have led HealthPartners to advise blacks to have colonoscopy screenings at an earlier age.

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righteeeoooJan. 21, 1010:11 PM

Isn't that profiling .....? Isn't that politically incorrect ....? Shouldn't everyone be checked equally ....?

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bradtheissenlaJan. 21, 1011:43 PM

That's going to be a hard task, considering cultural Taboos regarding the disease and the traditional port of entry for testing.

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ParisPeasantJan. 22, 10 5:47 PM

It's not based upon what "race" you look like, but what your ethnicity actually is. Blacks (along with any other ethnic group) have a range of skin color, including people who "pass" for white. The medical personnel are looking at medical records, not pulling off the street or out of an airport line based on a simplistic notion.

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MellersJan. 22, 10 8:04 PM

31 years old, to colonoscopies under my belt. I have crohn's and had cancer (unrelated). Darn it if my 61 and 63 year old parents still have NEVER gotten a colonoscopy! Totally frustrates me. Please, folks, colon cancer is easily treated if caught early, but it's also a rather common cancer.

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