Community-based Health Outreach Increases Chinese-American Colon Cancer Screening Rates

Tue Dec 13 2016 08:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

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Education by community-based non-professional health workers significantly increased colorectal cancer (CRC) screening rates among mostly non-English-speaking, older Chinese-Americans in San Francisco, according to a study led by researchers at UC San Francisco.

Education by community-based non-professional health workers significantly increased colorectal cancer (CRC) screening rates among mostly non-English-speaking, older Chinese-Americans in San Francisco, according to a study led by researchers at UC San Francisco.

Distribution of a brochure on CRC screening also increased screening rates in the same population, but at a lower rate.

"This shows that both interventions worked, one better than the other, in reaching a population that is usually considered hard to reach,” said Tung Nguyen, MD, who holds the Stephen J. McPhee, MD Endowed Chair in General Internal Medicine at UCSF and is director of the Asian American Research Center on Health (ARCH). “It turns out that these populations are not so hard to reach when we have collaboration, planning and implementation that are based in the community."

Screening rates for colorectal cancer are low among Chinese-Americans, he said, despite the fact that it is the second-most common cancer among that group. “Since early detection of CRC significantly increases the likelihood of survival, it’s very important that we find ways to improve screening rates in this population,” said Nguyen, who is also co-leader of the Cancer Control Program of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.



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