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CDC-funded intervention research aimed at promoting colorectal cancer screening in communities†
Article first published online: 26 JUN 2006
Copyright © 2006 American Cancer Society
Supplement: Descriptive Epidemiology of Colorectal Cancer in the United States, 1998–2001, Utilizing Data from the NPCR and SEER Programs
Volume 107, Issue Supplement 5, pages 1196–1204, 1 September 2006
How to Cite
Coughlin, S. S., Costanza, M. E., Fernandez, M. E., Glanz, K., Lee, J. W., Smith, S. A., Stroud, L., Tessaro, I., Westfall, J. M., Weissfeld, J. L. and Blumenthal, D. S. (2006), CDC-funded intervention research aimed at promoting colorectal cancer screening in communities. Cancer, 107: 1196–1204. doi: 10.1002/cncr.22017
The findings and conclusions in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Issue published online: 21 AUG 2006
- Article first published online: 26 JUN 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: 21 MAR 2006
- Manuscript Received: 2 MAR 2006
- African Americans;
- colorectal cancer;
- cancer prevention and control;
- rural health;
Although strong scientific evidence has shown that screening for colorectal cancer saves lives, most U.S. adults who are at the recommended age are not being screened. Prior studies suggest that barriers to routine screening vary by race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, urban/rural residence, health insurance status, and factors related to health care providers and the health care environment. Relatively few studies, however, have identified and tested intervention approaches to promote routine colorectal cancer screening among diverse populations.
The Division of Cancer Prevention and Control at CDC has funded ongoing projects to develop and test interventions to promote routine colorectal cancer screening among medically underserved populations in Appalachia, the Lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas, the High Plains region of Colorado, and other U.S. communities.
This article provides an overview of colorectal cancer screening intervention studies currently funded by CDC that focus on a wide range of populations, including medically underserved persons who live in predominately rural areas, Hispanic and non-Hispanic persons, urban African Americans, persons with low health literacy, and persons enrolled in managed care organizations.
These CDC-funded intervention research projects are likely to contribute importantly to evidence about what works to promote colorectal cancer screening in diverse U.S. communities. Cancer 2006. © 2006 American Cancer Society.