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  • Posted: 05/04/2012

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Columbia University researchers find that Blacks and Hispanics are at higher risk for precancerous colorectal polyps

Blacks and Hispanics have a significantly higher risk of developing precancerous colorectal polyps compared with whites, according to a study by researchers at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. The findings appeared in the online edition of Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

"Our data suggest that we need to redouble our efforts to increase colon cancer screening in areas with large numbers of racial and ethnic minorities," said lead author Benjamin Lebwohl, MD, MS, assistant professor of clinical medicine and epidemiology at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center and Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health.

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