Black Patients More Likely To Develop Colon Polyps

September 24, 2008

A new study has shown that black patients are more likely than whites to develop large colon polyps..Washington (ChattahBox) – A new study has shown that black patients are more likely than whites to develop large colon polyps.

A large colon polyp is hard to detect in a normal colon cancer screening, and is seen more commonly in black patients.

Researchers from the Portland VA Medical Center carried out their research.

What they found was that colon cancer rates, over the past two decades, have declined in whites by nearly 25%.  This was not the case for black patients though.

The study looked at 6,000 blacks and 80,000 whites who were yet to have a colonoscopy test.

In the study, 8% of the black patients developed these polyps, compared to 6% of whites.

This shows that black patients have more trouble with colon cancer.

The study has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.


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