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Black patients wait longer for diagnosis and treatment of colorectal cancer

Black patients wait longer for their diagnosis and treatment of colorectal cancer than White patients, according to a new study of US Black and white patients diagnosed between January 2019 and August 2020.

Among patients who sought chemo or surgery, Black patients waited an average of eight days longer (67 days post-diagnosis) than White patients (59 days post-diagnosis). Black patients were also more likely to experience 60 or more days of delayed treatment after diagnosis. In total, more than a third of Black patients experienced this delay.