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Men's Knowledge and Beliefs About Colorectal Cancer and 3 Screenings: Education, Race, and Screening Status

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Objective: To compare how education, race, and screening status affected men's knowledge about colorectal cancer and their views of 3 screenings: the fecal occult blood test (FOBT), sigmoidoscopy, and colonoscopy.

Methods: In-depth interviews were conducted with 65 African American and white men with diverse education backgrounds with similar numbers screened and unscreened.

Results: Education was associated with knowledge about colorectal cancer and the colonoscopy. Screening status and education were related to FOBT knowledge. Men knew little about the sigmoidoscopy.

Conclusion: Intervention programs should tailor education about colorectal cancer and screening by educational attainment levels, not by race.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2011

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