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African Americans less likely than whites to get colonoscopy despite family history of colon cancer
Date:3/24/2008

for not having had a colonoscopy or flexible sigmoidoscopy was the lack of a recommendation from their health care provider, and this reason was more commonly reported by African Americans, the authors write.

In conclusion, in this disadvantaged population, colonoscopy procedures in individuals with family histories of colon cancer are underused, they continue. Physicians and other health care providers need to elicit family history information for all patients and ensure that African Americans with affected relatives appropriately receive colon cancer screening.


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