Study: Geography May Play Role in Colon Cancer Screening Rates

by: cancercompass

The University of California Davis published a study earlier this month regarding how geography may play a role in colon cancer screening rates.

It has been widely received in the medical community that racial minorities have lower colorectal screening rates than whites. However, this study focuses on if the distinction between race and screening rates varies across geographical areas.

What researchers found was in all locations analyzed, whites were more likely than non-whites to be up-to-date on colon cancer screenings – except in Hawaii. Asian-Pacific Islanders had higher screening rates than whites in the island state.

"The next step is to look at different geographic areas to see what are the determinants for minorities in terms of getting screened," Thomas Semrad, medical oncologist at UC Davis Cancer Center stated in a news release. "Are these culturally based? Are there problems with how health-care systems are set up? What are the barriers? If we can figure this out, we would have a target to improve some of these disparities."

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