Black Americans often have more health care problems than do other ethnic groups. Their challenges include both the prevalence of certain medical conditions as well as difficulties with diagnosis and treatment, according o an expert in the medical field.
Diseases such as obesity, hypertension, coronary vascular disease, diabetes and some forms of cancer are more prevalent among black Americans, says Dr. Wesley Robinson-McNeese, associate professor of internal medicine at SIU School of Medicine. He explains how breast, prostate and colon cancers are more severe in African-Americans.
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Dr. McNeese says most cancers in African-Americans are generally discovered at more advanced stages. Also, stroke is more prevalent among blacks.