Disparities and Colorectal Cancer
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most common cancer of both men and women in the US. In 2007, an estimated 153,760 men and women received a diagnosis of colon or rectal cancer, and 52,180 individuals died of the disease (Cancer of the Colon and Rectum 2007). Substantial literature documents that both the US incidence of CRC and mortality rates from the disease are not evenly distributed throughout the general population but vary by age, gender, race, ethnicity, educational attainment, income, and geography. Other factors, such as lacking health insurance, have also been associated with increased mortality from CRC.
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