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Government declines to cover colorectal screening method favored by Blacks and Hispanics

Despite the practical benefits of computed tomography colonography (CTC) for colorectal cancer screening and its endorsement by multiple organizations, the federal government’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has declined to cover this procedure by Medicare and Medicaid. A recent analysis of health interviews with nearly 14,000 Americans found that Blacks and Hispanics were nearly …

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Colorectal cancer screening rate low among Hispanics and Asian Americans aged 50 to 54

Colorectal cancer screening prevalence remained low in 2018 among U.S. adults aged 50 to 54 years, especially among Hispanics and Asians. Screening guidelines recently changed to recommend starting at age 45 for those with an average risk of the cancer. “To anticipate some of the challenges implementing screening programs, we examined patterns of screening among …

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Screening before 50 reduces risk of colorectal cancer in women

Women who are screened for colorectal cancer before the age of 50 have a significantly reduced risk of the cancer compared to those who have no endoscopic screening or decide to initiate testing at age 50, according to a new study from Massachusetts General Hospital. Researchers found a 50 to 60 percent lower risk of …

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Long distances to screening may perpetuate disparities in colorectal cancer for Native Americans and Alaskan Natives

About one-third of the closest colorectal cancer screening facilities for Native Americans and Alaskan Natives was more than 200 miles away, according to a new study. The average distance for the two-thirds of facilities within 200 miles was about 80 miles. American Indian and Alaskan Natives have nearly three times higher incidence rates of colorectal …

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Actor Terence Howard Grieves for His Mother Who Died From Colorectal Cancer

“She shaped me as an actor as a musician, as a human being. So when my mother was diagnosed with colon cancer, it was like our whole family got cancer. And she died when she was only 56. Hopefully my heartbreak is your wake up call. Screening finds pre-cancerous polyps so they can be removed …

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Structured colorectal cancer screening program eliminates disparities between Blacks and Whites

Colorectal cancer disparities between Black and White adults were eliminated among members of a Northern California health care organization after it instituted a regionwide, structured colorectal cancer screening program. In 2009, the colorectal cancer death rate (per 100,000) was 54.2 for Black members and 32.6 for white members. By 2019, death rates had fallen by …

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Culturally-tailored patient program can improve rate of colorectal cancer screening among Hispanic adults

Colorectal cancer screening rates are low in Hispanic adults, but the rate nearly doubled in an experimental program in Rhode Island that helped patients navigate the medical system, says researcher Saied Calvino, MD (above). Individuals first received an introductory letter in Spanish, followed by a phone call from a culturally competent, Spanish-speaking patient navigator. Some …

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Colorectal cancer screening rates not back to normal in 2021

Breast cancer screening rates from January 2021 to October 2021 did not return to pre-pandemic levels, resulting in 27,000 missed colorectal cancer screenings, according to a new study. In addition to the human toll of not detecting cancer early, when cancers are found at an advanced stage they are more extensive, more likely to spread …

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Black women more likely than other women to be screened for colorectal cancer

Black women are more likely to be screened for breast, cervical and colorectal cancers than White, Hispanic or other racial/ethnic groups of women, according to a 2018 government health survey. For breast cancer, 84 percent of Black women had been screened versus 80 percent of Hispanic women, 78 percent of White women, and 78 percent …

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Hispanics Less Likely to Get Screened for Colon Cancer

One in two Hispanic adults between 50 and 75 years of age are not getting tested as recommended, putting Hispanics at increased risk for advanced-stage colon cancer. Because of lower screening rates, colon cancer causes about 11 percent of cancer deaths among Hispanic males and nine percent of Hispanic females. See “Hispanics Are Less Likely …

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