We’ve been talking about cancer screening in our last couple posts—the risks, the benefits, and the potential for doctors to make the mistake of failing to recommend cancer screening. The latter issue is an important one, of course, because doctors have a huge responsibility in ensuring that their patients receive a timely diagnosis and proper treatment.
Interestingly, a recent study out of California demonstrates that certain populations may be more at risk when it comes to certain types of cancer, not because of genetic propensities, but because of the health care they have available. According to the study, racial minorities are more likely to go without colon cancer screening than Caucasians because their providers are more likely not to recommend that they receive screening. This, of course, means that racial minorities could be more at risk of developing colon cancer.