Colon Cancer Deaths Down, But Not in These Areas

While colon cancer deaths are down in the U.S., three regions still grapple with persistent colon cancer in their populations, according to American Cancer Society researchers. The Mississippi Delta, the borderland between North Carolina and Virginia, and western Appalachia continue to have high colon cancer rates. Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States, but has become one of the most preventable given proper medical care. These areas still confront high rates of colon cancer, however, because of a "perfect storm" of obesity, low education, and lack of medical access, the researchers said in their report.

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