Online Cancer Risk Tool Omits Minorities (NYT)

An article from the New York times discusses problems with a new colorectal cancer risk assessment tool from the National Cancer Institute that only works for whites.

A new interactive online tool can help older Americans assess their risk for developing colon cancer. The catch is that it only works for whites.

That?óÔé¼Ôäós too bad, since blacks are at higher risk than whites for colorectal cancer, developing it and dying of it at higher rates, and recent reports suggest the racial gap is widening…

N.C.I. officials said they are modifying the risk assessment tool so it will be applicable to blacks, Hispanics and Asians, but said the data they used to test the model?óÔé¼Ôäós precision were drawn from studies with mostly older white participants.

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