Strategies for Reducing Colorectal Cancer Among Blacks

Division of Digestive and Liver Diseases, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX 75390-8887, USA.
Archives of internal medicine (Impact Factor: 17.33). 01/2012; 172(2):182-4. DOI: 10.1001/archinternmed.2011.594
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