Monday, 6 August 2007

Improving colorectal cancer screening by using community volunteers

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The Carolinas Cancer Education and Screening Projects (CARES) aims to improve colorectal cancer screening (CRC) among low-income women in subsidized housing in 11 cities in North and South Carolina, women who are traditionally underserved by cancer control efforts.

In a recent study published in Cancer, the CARES project conducted face-to-face interviews with women, focusing on CRC knowledge, beliefs, barriers to screening and screening behaviors.

At the beginning, only 49.3% of the participants who should have been screening per physician guidelines were screened for CRC. After the intervention, there was in increase in positive beliefs about CRC screening and intention to undergo screening, but the rate of screening did not increase significantly after the intervention.

The researchers suggests that such interventions may take more time.

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