The University at Buffalo on Wednesday announced a $2.6 million federal grant to collaborate with Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai to study what influences African- Americans to get screened for colorectal cancer and to develop interventions based on those influences.

More African-Americans get colorectal cancer and die from it than any other ethnic or racial group. Colonoscopy is considered the most effective way to detect colorectal cancer early, but other research shows that there are substantial disparities for screening, UB officials said.