Geography may influence colon cancer screening rates
|By Randy Dotinga HealthDay|
|The study found that location makes a big difference in rates of colorectal screening for non-whites, although the same isn’t true for whites.
Race and ethnicity play major roles in whether people get screened for colon cancer in the United States, with minorities much less likely to undergo colonoscopies than white people. Now, a new study says another factor is at play: where people live.
Research by oncologist Dr. Thomas Semrad and colleagues at the University of California at Davis Cancer Center found that location makes a big difference in rates of colorectal screening for non-whites, although the same isn’t true for whites.
|The study authors analyzed data regarding 53,990 people on Medicare who were aged 69 to 79. They were from 11 regions of the United States.
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