Lack of Colorectal Cancer Screening for Hispanic Men a Concern

A relatively stagnant incidence and mortality rate for Hispanic men in regard to colorectal cancer is giving cause for concern. Since 1990, the numbers have remained flat in this population while cases associated with non-Hispanic white men have dropped significantly. The numbers have some questioning whether Hispanic men are receiving the screening care they need to safeguard health.

Researchers who looked into the numbers found that between 1990 and 2013, about 114,000 white men and 23,000 Hispanic men were diagnosed with colorectal cancer. A reduction in the diagnosis rate for white men from about 71 percent to 41 percent was seen. The decrease for Hispanic men during the period was from 43 percent to only 39 percent.

Mortality rates also dropped from 28 percent for white men to 15 percent. The rate stayed relatively flat for Hispanic males. Overall, it was noted that Hispanic males do tend to have a lower incidence rate than whites.
The stagnant numbers in the Hispanic male population have researchers concerned about a potential lack of screening. Prior studies have shown that white men are much more likely than Hispanic males to seek out and obtain screening for colorectal cancer.

The analysis of numbers associated with colorectal cancer have clinicians urging doctors and patients to talk openly about the risks this disease poses. This form of cancer can and does strike the Hispanic population, men and women alike. It is estimated that some 95,000 Americans will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2017. Nearly 40,000 people will die from this disease.

Colorectal cancer is one of the easier forms of cancer to screen for and treat in earlier stages. Routine tests can make a difference. The timing screening should begin will hinge on such factors as patient risk factors, family history of colorectal cancer and age. People who are concerned about colorectal cancer are urged to talk to their doctors. Simple screening can save lives.

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