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A Minnesota researcher thinks he’s figured out why Black populations die more often from colon cancer: screening and insurance.

Dr. Chyke Doubeni found that Black men die of colon cancer at higher rates than white men. The disparities are larger in East African communities. A south Minneapolis health clinic hired a Somali “medical navigator” to help guide patients toward testing with culturally sensitive care. The result: a giant increase in colon cancer screening—and saved lives.