Journal of Cancer Education

, Volume 28, Issue 1, pp 100–108

American Indian Perceptions of Colorectal Cancer Screening: Viewpoints from Adults Under Age 50

  • Melissa K. Filippi
  • Stacy Braiuca
  • Lance Cully
  • Aimee S. James
  • Won S. Choi
  • K. Allen Greiner
  • Christine M. Daley
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s13187-012-0428-y

Cite this article as:
Filippi, M.K., Braiuca, S., Cully, L. et al. J Canc Educ (2013) 28: 100. doi:10.1007/s13187-012-0428-y

Abstract

Colorectal cancer (CRC) mortality rates have decreased in the general US population; however, CRC mortality rates are increasing among American Indians (AI). AI CRC screening rates remain low when compared to other ethnic groups. Our team investigated CRC screening education prior to recommended age for screening to better understand screening perceptions among AI community members. Our research team conducted 11 focus groups with AI men and women aged 30–49 (N = 39 men and N = 31 women) in Kansas and Missouri. The results revealed that community members (1) have little knowledge of CRC, (2) do not openly discuss CRC, and (3) want additional CRC education. Variations existed among men and women's groups, but they agreed that preventive measures need to be appropriate for AI communities. Thus, AI CRC screening interventions should be culturally tailored to better meet the needs of the population.

Keywords

American IndianColorectal cancer screeningColorectal cancer screening educationCommunity-based participatory researchQualitative research

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Melissa K. Filippi
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 6
  • Stacy Braiuca
    • 1
    • 2
    • 6
  • Lance Cully
    • 2
    • 3
    • 6
  • Aimee S. James
    • 4
  • Won S. Choi
    • 1
    • 2
    • 7
  • K. Allen Greiner
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 6
  • Christine M. Daley
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 5
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of Preventive Medicine & Public HealthUniversity of Kansas Medical CenterKansas CityUSA
  2. 2.Center for American Indian Community HealthUniversity of Kansas Medical CenterKansas CityUSA
  3. 3.Department of Family MedicineUniversity of Kansas Medical CenterKansas CityUSA
  4. 4.Department of SurgeryWashington University School of MedicineSt. LouisUSA
  5. 5.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of KansasLawrenceUSA
  6. 6.Department of Family Medicine, Center for American Indian Community HealthUniversity of Kansas Medical CenterKansas CityUSA
  7. 7.Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Center for American Indian Community HealthUniversity of Kansas Medical CenterKansas CityUSA