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Am J Health Behav. 2011 Sep;35(5):525-34.

Men's knowledge and beliefs about colorectal cancer and 3 screenings: education, race, and screening status.

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  • 1Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Coordinator, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Program, Guilford College, Greensboro, NC, USA. winterichja@guilford.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To compare how education, race, and screening status affected men's knowledge about colorectal cancer and their views of 3 screenings: the fecal occult blood test (FOBT), sigmoidoscopy, and colonoscopy.

METHODS:

In-depth interviews were conducted with 65 African American and white men with diverse education backgrounds with similar numbers screened and unscreened.

RESULTS:

Education was associated with knowledge about colorectal cancer and the colonoscopy. Screening status and education were related to FOBT knowledge. Men knew little about the sigmoidoscopy.

CONCLUSION:

Intervention programs should tailor education about colorectal cancer and screening by educational attainment levels, not by race.

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