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PIX 11 Features One Brooklyn Health on Colorectal Cancer & Gut Health

March 25, 2024

PIX 11 Features One Brooklyn Health on Colorectal Cancer & Gut Health



Colon cancer stands as the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in America in men and women, and within the borough of Brooklyn, the incidence of colorectal cancer is alarmingly high at 103 per 100,000, accompanied by a fatality rate of nearly 30-40 per 100,000 for both males and females. African Americans bear a disproportionate burden of colorectal cancer, being 20% more likely to develop it and 40% more likely to die from it, in comparison to other racial groups. These disparities, rooted in complex factors such as risk elements, socioeconomic status, and healthcare accessibility, underscore the urgent need for intervention. 

Over the past two decades, there has been a significant surge in young-onset colorectal cancer, prompting the reduction of the screening age for average-risk individuals to 45 years since 2021. The rising incidence of colorectal cancer in African Americans, coupled with screening disparities has resulted in higher mortality rates, often stemming from diagnoses at advanced stages. 

One Brooklyn Health is here to help!

During National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, our mission is to elevate awareness within our community. We aim to disseminate crucial information on life-saving early screenings, knowledge of risk factors, and the promotion of a healthy lifestyle. Colorectal cancer is often termed a “hidden cancer” due to its silent early stages, emphasizing the need for preventive measures rather than relying on cures. In honor of every life lost to this formidable disease, the OBH team is committed to bridging the screening disparities and reducing the cancer burden within our community. 

In the face of a cancer diagnosis, time is of the essence. Early detection significantly improves survival rates. We advocate for regular screenings for all Americans over the age of 45 or those with additional risk factors. Seeking medical attention for symptoms such as blood in the stool, changes in bowel habits, stomach pain, bloating, persistent cramps, or unexplained weight loss is crucial. Colonoscopies and other vital tests can identify cancer early and remove precancerous growths, preventing the disease before it even takes hold. 

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