These monthly pages focus on health disparities in the Pittsburgh region. They educate readers about key health issues and inform them about research opportunities and community resources. All articles can be accessed online at the New Pittsburgh Courier Web site. The monthly series is a partnership of the New Pittsburgh Courier, Community PARTners (a core service of the University of Pittsburgh’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute—CTSI), the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh and the UPMC Center for Engagement and Inclusion.

This month, the “Take Charge of Your Health Today” page focuses on colon health—understanding the importance of screening and early detection to prevent colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum). Marcus A. Poindexter, LSW, HSV, health advocate at the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, and Esther L. Bush, president and CEO of the Urban League, sat down to talk about the importance of early detection to prevent colorectal cancer.

MAP: Good afternoon, Ms. Bush. It’s always a pleasure to see you. I appreciate talking with you and hearing your perspective on important health issues that affect our community. This month the Courier health page is focusing on colon health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, African American men and women are more likely to die from colon cancer than any other race or ethnic group. The American College of Gastroenterology strongly recommends that African Americans get a colonoscopy (a screening of the large intestine) at age 45 to detect any polyps or tumors.

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