A recent New York Times article (Feb 13, 2009) describes a new colon cancer screening tool developed by the National Cancer Institute that omits minorities.

“The new screening tool, developed by the National Cancer Institute and available at www.cancer.gov/colorectalcancerrisk, asks roughly 20 questions, the first two about race and ethnic background.

If the user answers “Hispanic” or “Black or African-American,” a box of red text pops up that says, “At this time the risk calculations and results provided by this tool are only accurate for non-Hispanic white men and women ages 50 to 85.” The text refers readers to another Web site for more information.”

Click here to read the full article at the New York Times website.

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REHDC (Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Coalition) is urging action on this issue.

“Please take time to have your organization to send a letter to NCI expressing concerns — that action will not only help to fix this negative situation but also helps to prevent and control those that would take place in the future.”

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