Black pastors urge colon cancer testing

May 15, 2023

In an effort to reduce the high rate of colorectal cancer deaths among Black Americans, Providence St. Joseph Health is turning to some trusted and influential voices in Black communities — church pastors. Thirty Black Los Angeles church leaders are part of an exhibit that encourages preventive screenings. The pastors are pictured on 6-foot-high banners accompanied by a quote from each. The banners will travel among the churches and Providence hospitals in the Los Angeles area. The American Cancer Society says Black Americans are about 20% more likely than members of other racial or ethnic groups to get colorectal cancer and about 40% more likely to die from it. The display went up in mid-April at Providence St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California. On hand for the opening was Dr. Anton Bilchik, a surgeon who treated actor Chadwick Boseman. The star of the blockbuster movie "Black Panther," Boseman died of colon cancer in 2020 at the age of 43.


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