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In UT Southwestern study, race, socioeconomics had impact on emergency colorectal cancer diagnosis

  • Posted: October 18, 2012

Twenty-nine percent of patients with colorectal cancer in a nationally representative sample were diagnosed after an emergency, such as an obstruction or perforation of the bowel, according to a study from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas presented at the 11th Annual AACR International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research. In addition, African-Americans and those living in high-poverty areas were more likely to present with an emergency diagnosis. UT Southwestern is home to the Harold C. Simmons Cancer Center.

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