Article

Journal of Cancer Education

, Volume 25, Issue 1, pp 36-42

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Healthy Colon, Healthy Life (Colon Sano, Vida Sana): Colorectal Cancer Screening Among Latinos in Santa Clara, California

  • Judith M. E. WalshAffiliated withDivision of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of CaliforniaComprehensive Cancer Center, University of CaliforniaWomen’s Health Clinical Research Center, University of California Email author 
  • , René SalazarAffiliated withDivision of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of CaliforniaComprehensive Cancer Center, University of CaliforniaMedical Effectiveness Research Center, University of California
  • , Celia KaplanAffiliated withDivision of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of CaliforniaComprehensive Cancer Center, University of CaliforniaMedical Effectiveness Research Center, University of California
  • , Lamkieu NguyenAffiliated withSanta Clara Valley Health and Hospital System
  • , Jimmy HwangAffiliated withComprehensive Cancer Center, University of California
  • , Rena J. PasickAffiliated withComprehensive Cancer Center, University of California

Abstract

Colorectal cancer (CRC) screening rates are low among Latinos. To identify factors associated with CRC screening, we conducted a telephone survey of Latino primary care patients aged 50–79 years. Among 1,013 participants, 38% were up-to-date (UTD) with fecal occult blood test (FOBT); 66% were UTD with any CRC screening (FOBT, sigmoidoscopy, or colonoscopy). Individuals less than 65, females, those less acculturated, and patients of female physicians were more likely to be UTD with FOBT. CRC screening among Latinos is low. Younger patients, women, and patients of female physicians receive more screening.

Keywords

Colorectal cancer Fecal occult blood test Latinos Sigmoidoscopy