Joseph Ravenell on Screening for Colon Cancer in Black Men

February 16, 2016
Joseph Ravenell, MD, MS

Joseph Ravenell, MD, MS, discusses some of the challenges with screening black men for colon cancer.

Joseph Ravenell, MD, MS, assistant professor of Population Health and Medicine, Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center at NYU Langone Medical Center, discusses some of the challenges with screening black men for colon cancer.

The incidence and mortality rate from colon cancer is high among black men, according to Ravenell, mainly due to lack of timely screening.

Many men are unaware that they need to be screened, he says, and do not know how to actually get screened.

To clear these hurdles, Ravenell’s group goes out into the community to seek out and educate men who are eligible for screening. The group then aims to educate these men about preparation for colon cancer screening and what to expect.