African Americans to Speak up about Colon Cancer
While colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States, the incidence rate is about 10 percent higher among African-Americans compared with Caucasians, and mortality rates are approximately 40 percent higher - the highest of any population.
To help combat this trend locally, the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine is partnering with Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (EES) to educate African-Americans in St. Louis about colon cancer through the "Speak Up About Colon Cancer" campaign.
The primary focus of the campaign is to educate local African-Americans, who have a higher risk of developing the disease, on risk factors, the importance of screening, and colon cancer treatment options. Local surgeons will be encouraging community members to "speak up" about the importance of early screening and detection of colon cancer. In addition to spreading the word, the campaign will raise awareness about the latest treatment options available, including minimally invasive surgery. Treatment for colon cancer may involve radiation therapy or chemotherapy, but the primary treatment in nearly all cases is surgery. The introduction of minimally invasive surgery allows patients to have a quicker, less painful recovery than they would with traditional, open surgery -