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Social, healthcare factors drive colon screen disparities

HealthDay/Washington Post, June 25, 2008

A report has found the higher death rate from colorectal cancer among U.S. minorities may be linked to socioeconomic, healthcare access, language, and cultural barriers that lead to less preventative screening among these groups. While 54% of those surveyed for the report received colorectal cancer screening, great disparities between ethnic and racial groups were apparent. These disparities disappeared, however, when researchers factored out demographics, socioeconomic status, language spoken at home, and healthcare access.