Mar 29, 2021 10:00 AM

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Photo of Charles R. Rogers, PhD, MPH, MS and Host Liz Adeolo
Charles R. Rogers, PhD, MPH, MS and Host Liz Adeolo

This past week, PBS Utah a conducted a town hall discussing colorectal cancer in the Black community. Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) researcher and University of Utah assistant professor of public health Charles R. Rogers, PhD, MPH, MS, was one of two experts featured at the event. Three colorectal cancer survivors also participated in the event.

The town hall was held in response to alarming national trends that indicate colorectal cancer diagnoses are on the rise in younger people. This is of particular concern in the Black community, where it has been found that Black men are 47% more likely to die from colorectal cancer than White men, and Black women are 34% more likely to die than White women.

Experts urged viewers to watch out for these colorectal cancer symptoms:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Change in size or shape of stool
  • Blood in stool
  • Constipation and diarrhea
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Feeling short of breath or more fatigued

“It’s very key for individuals to take the time to try finding a provider who not only cares about you, but also really cares for you,” Rogers says. “Being your biggest advocate is key. You may have to be consistent 20 times, but regardless of the fight you may have, you know your body better than other people and you need to do what’s best for you and your family.”

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cause of cancer death in the United States. Prevention and early detection are essential to improving outcomes. Getting screened and knowing your family history is the best way to prevent colorectal cancer.

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