Doctors urge people to get screened for colon cancer

Colon cancer is the deadliest cancer for Black people, and has recently made headlines after it claimed the life of beloved actor Chadwick Boseman at the age of 43.

News 12 Staff

Sep 4, 2020, 9:26 PM

Updated 1,358 days ago

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Colon cancer is the deadliest cancer for Black people, and has recently made headlines after it claimed the life of beloved actor Chadwick Boseman at the age of 43.
Nashika Lyons lives on the Mount Vernon/Bronx border. In 2016, at the age of 37, she underwent a colonoscopy screening and it was then discovered she had cancer. Fortunately for her, doctors caught it early and she received the treatment she needed.
Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center's Chief Medical Officer Markos Asamenew says there is no exact cause on why Black people are disproportionately impacted by colon cancer, but diet and access to health care are contributing factors.
Asamenew recommends patients get a colonoscopy starting at 40.
While cancer screenings are essential, it's important to know they're expensive -- in some cases averaging $4,000 a test.
The CEO of the health center says they are pushing to lower the cost of colorectal screenings for their high-risk patients. They are teaming up with local experts in colon health to lower the cost by two thirds.


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