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Knowledge and Attitudes About Colon Cancer Screening Among African Americans

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Abstract:

Objectives: To explore knowledge and attitudes about colorectal cancer (CRC) screening among African American patients age 45 and older at a community health center serving low-income and uninsured patients. Methods: We conducted 7 focus groups and 17 additional semistructured interviews. Sessions were audio-recorded, transcribed, and analyzed using standard text analysis. Results: Most participants who were age eligible for CRC screening were nonadherent according to national guidelines. Themes included low CRC knowledge, low perceived norms, high barriers, and other screening beliefs. Conclusion: Lack of knowledge, low perceived risk, and attitudes about CRC screening may be important targets for interventions in low-income African American patients.

Keywords: AFRICAN AMERICAN; COLON CANCER; FOCUS GROUPS; LOW-INCOME

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.35.4.2

Publication date: 2011-07-01

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