Town hall on colorectal cancer in the Black community


PBS Utah will present a live town hall special on colorectal cancer in the Black community in collaboration with the Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Commission and the University of Utah School of Medicine, in honor of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. PBS Utah Town Hall: Colorectal Cancer in the Black Community premieres Thursday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m. on PBS Utah, with live streams on YouTube, Facebook, the PBS Utah website, and the PBS video app.

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second leading cause of cancer death and the third most commonly diagnosed cancer among men and women in the U.S. However, Black men in America are 47% more likely to die from CRC than white men. Actor Chadwick Boseman’s recent death from CRC has brought more attention to the disparities in colorectal cancer rates and health outcomes.

PBS Utah will host this live, one-hour special to increase awareness of colorectal cancer in Utah and the disparate impacts of CRC in the Black Community. PBS Utah’s Liz Adeola will moderate a panel of medical experts and colorectal cancer survivors to answer previously-submitted viewer questions, provide necessary information about CRC, including prevention, risk factors, and warning signs.

Dr. Charles R. Rogers will address his latest research findings on the inequalities in men’s health, focusing on colorectal cancer awareness and prevention among African American men. Dr. Rogers is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Family & Preventative Medicine at University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Dana M. Hayden, Division Chief, Colon and Rectal Surgery and Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, Rush Medical College will join the discussion. Shannon Lee-Sin and Candace Henley are two CRC survivors who will speak to their experiences of diagnosis, treatment, and health outcomes.

The town hall will broadcast live from the Dolores Doré Eccles Broadcast Center on The University of Utah campus.

PBS Utah Town Hall: Colorectal Cancer in the Black Community will broadcast on-air and stream online to provide essential information about CRC to the broadest and most diverse audience possible.

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