The purpose of this study was to determine the factors affecting the screening rate for colorectal cancer in California, such as age, gender, obesity, education level, income level and the racial ethnic background. There is firm scientific evidence that colorectal cancer could be prevented and controlled by regular screening of people at age 50 and above. The results of this study indicated that colorectal cancer screening rates among minority groups are lower than the rates among whites in California. The most important barriers that contribute to lower rates of colorectal cancer screening are sociodemographic factors such as poverty, educational factors, and limitation of access to healthcare. Treatment costs of colorectal cancer in the United States are estimated to be $6.5 billion per year. The prevention and control of colorectal cancer through regular annual screening would increase the survival rate and reduce the incidence rate and the healthcare costs associated with the treatment.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 48/02M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Epidemiology, Health care management|
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