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CSBM SPOTLIGHT: Colorectal Cancer

The CSBM has taken on a year-long Colon Cancer Health Awareness campaign aimed at educating, raising awareness, and decreasing the numbers of diagnosis among African American men in Bloomington and beyond. JOIN THE CSBM IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CANCER!

African Americans have the highest rates of colon cancer (also known as colorectal cancer). Black people face a 20 percent higher risk of developing colon cancer and a 45 percent higher mortality rate than any other race. Although this disease is the third cause of cancer-related deaths in the Black community, it's highly preventable.


Many of the symptoms of colon cancer can also be caused by something that isn't cancer, such as infection, hemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome, or inflammatory bowel disease. Still, if you have any of these problems, it is a sign that you should go to the doctor so the cause can be found and treated, if needed:

  • A change in bowel habits, such as diarrhea, constipation, or narrowing of the stool, that lasts for more than a few days
  • A feeling that you need to have a bowel movement that is not relieved by doing so
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Dark stools, or blood in the stool
  • Cramping or abdominal (belly) pain
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Unintended weight loss


Colon cancer often does not cause symptoms until it is advanced, the American Cancer Society recommends regular colon cancer screening for most people starting at age 50. People with a family history of the disease or who have certain other risk factors should talk with their doctor about beginning screening at a younger age. Talk with your doctor to find out which tests might be right for you.


The 2017 recipients of the Outstanding Black Male Leader of Tomorrow Award

Caleb Poer 2 Caleb Poer

Brian Richardson CSBM Brian Richardson Jr.



Black Barbershop Talk

The CSBM welcomed between 50 and 60 participants at Razor's Image Barbershop on Thursday, April 20 for the Black Barbershop Talk. Participants were screened for blood pressure, diabetes, body mass index, HIV, and spinal health. Participants were also engaged in discussions about recognizing signs of depression and mental health, stress relief and meditation techniques, the importance of having early screenings for colorectal cancer, and how to get signed up for health coverage.

The CSBM would like to thank Centerstone, City of Bloomington Health Education Programs, IU Counseling and Psychological Services, Monroe County Public Health, Osmon Chiropractic Center, and the South Central Community Action Program for providing services. The CSBM would also like to thank everyone who attended and supported the event. A special thanks to Aaron Brown, owner of Razor's Image Barbershop!



You can make a positive impact on someone's life! Team up with the Commission on the Status of Black Males' Mentoring Partnerships with Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central Indiana. Read more...


Criminal Justice

CSBM - Everyday Police Encounters-Police Badge Everyday Encounters with the Police

"Everyday Encounters with the Police" is a document for all Bloomington citizens. The Commission on the Status of Black Males in partnership with the City of Bloomington Police Department is publishing this information as a way to foster positive relationships between law enforcement and citizens. Read more...


Health and Wellness



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Black History Month - 2016 Reclaiming the Next Hundred Years Each year, the City of Bloomington Black History Month Committee plans activities and events for the community to celebrate and commemorate the month of February as Black History Month. This year's theme is "Reclaiming the Next Hundred Years."