Why Blacks Die More From Colon Cancer

June 24, 2014 8:34 PM

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Why Blacks Die More From Colon Cancer

Blacks have the highest risk of dying from colon cancer, according to the CDC. And a new study suggests one of the possible reasons why.

Researchers analyzed information from 503 patients in the North Carolina Colon Cancer Study. They found that 7 percent of blacks and 14 percent of whites had cancer with a genetic marker called microsatellite instability (MSI). MSI colon cancer is known to be resistant to a chemotherapy drug. Howeve...

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