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By: Dr. Brandi Wilford, RN, DNP

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Cancer plagues our nation and, specifically, the African American community. To initiate the measures to protect our health, we must first become informed about the health issues that impact our community. The National Cancer Institute (2021) defines cancer as a condition caused by body cells that grow insanely and spread throughout the body. There are trillions of cells in the body that grow, die, and multiply daily based on the body’s needs. Sometimes, when damaged or irregular cells are supposed to break down, they do not. The irregular cells multiply, and tumors result from the multiplication of the abnormal cells. Tumors can also develop during the development of new cells. As new cells generate, they fail to respond to the body’s signal to stop reproducing, and an overgrowth of tissue results, possibly leading to the growth of a cancerous tumor. Genetics plays a role in the development of cancer too. Each person has a genetic roadmap (DNA) for cell operation, growth, and multiplication. At times, errors can occur on the roadmap (DNA), or we can inherit components of our parent’s roadmap (DNA) that may lead to cancer.

 

Colorectal cancer is a type of cancer that begins in the colon or rectum. Colon and rectal cancer are grouped because they share similar characteristics. The type of cancer diagnosed depends on where the cancer starts. The colon and rectum are parts of the large intestine (American Cancer Society, 2020).

 

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