Factors influencing colorectal cancer screening in low-income African Americans in Tennessee.

Patel K, Hargreaves M, Liu J, Kenerson D, Neal R, Takizala Z, Beard K, Pinkerton H, Burress M, Blot B
J Community Health. 2012 37 (3): 673-9

PMID: 22048986 · DOI:10.1007/s10900-011-9498-8

This study examined demographic and lifestyle factors that influenced decisions and obstacles to being screened for colorectal cancer in low-income African Americans in three urban Tennessee cities. As part of the Meharry Community Networks Program (CNP) needs assessment, a 123-item community survey was administered to assess demographic characteristics, health care access and utilization, and screening practices for various cancers in low-income African Americans. For this study, only African Americans 50 years and older (n=460) were selected from the Meharry CNP community survey database. There were several predictors of colorectal cancer screening such as being married and having health insurance (P< .05). Additionally, there were associations between obstacles to screening and geographic region such as transportation and health insurance (P< .05). Educational interventions aimed at improving colorectal cancer knowledge and screening rates should incorporate information about obstacles and predictors to screening.

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African Americans Aged Colorectal Neoplasms Early Detection of Cancer Female Health Services Accessibility Humans Insurance, Health Life Style Male Marital Status Middle Aged Patient Acceptance of Health Care Poverty Tennessee Urban Health Services

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