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J Cancer Educ. 2012 Dec;27(4):703-8. doi: 10.1007/s13187-012-0396-2.

Regional, racial, and gender differences in colorectal cancer screening in middle-aged African-Americans and Whites.

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Department of Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health, Boston University, Boston, MA 02118, USA.


African-Americans have higher incidence and mortality from colorectal cancer than non-African-Americans. Early detection with colorectal cancer (CRC) screening reduces untimely death because the test can detect abnormalities and precancerous polyps in the colon and rectum. However, African-Americans aged 50 and older continue to have low CRC screening adherence. A retrospective analysis was conducted on data from the 2010 National Health Interview Survey to examine trends in self-reported CRC screening by geographic region, race, and gender. African-Americans, particularly men, were less likely to have been screened for colon cancer compared to all races and genders in this study. Individuals in the south were more likely to receive CRC screening than other regions. Colon cancer education and interventions are needed among low-adherent groups to promote the benefits of early detection with CRC screening.

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