Navigation Links
Too Few Latinos Get Colorectal Cancer Tests
Date:9/14/2009

Language barrier could explain lower screening rates, researchers say

MONDAY, Sept. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Language barriers may contribute to lower screening rates for colorectal cancer among Mexican-Americans, a San Diego State University study suggests.

A 2005 telephone survey of close to 17,000 older Californian residents found that two thirds of those of Mexican descent needed another person to help them talk with doctors -- more than three times the rate of those non-Latinos surveyed.

This, the researchers said, could account for another finding: More than 40 percent of Mexican-Americans never received one of the two most common screening tests for colorectal cancer while the same was true of less than a quarter of non-Latino whites.

The study results appear in the summer issue of the journal Ethnicity & Disease.

While national statistics show that Latinos tend to be diagnosed with colorectal cancer during its later, advanced stages and thus have a lower survival rate than non-Latino whites, at least one doctor believes cultural issues may be at play as much as language barriers.

Luisa Borrell, an associate professor in the public health graduate program at Lehman College, City University of New York, notes that while a third of Californians may be Hispanic, the number of Hispanic doctors is still in the low single digits.

"The pipeline for Hispanics to increase the number of physicians is not ready to match the demand of the fast-growing Hispanic population now or in the near future," Borrell, who was not involved in the study, said in a news release issued by Health Behavior News Service.

Borrell also noted language may be less of an issue in the future as California now has laws requiring translators be present in places where health care is offered.

More information

The National Cancer Institute has more about colon and rectal cancer.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: Health Behavior News Service, news release, Sept. 8, 2009


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Older blacks and Latinos still lag whites in controlling diabetes
2. Older Blacks, Latinos Struggle With Diabetes Control
3. The Power of Community in Fighting HIV/AIDS Among Latinos
4. Latinos/Hispanics Across the Nation Recognize National Latino AIDS Awareness Day and Call to Action Leaders in Promoting HIV Testing, Prevention and Access to Care
5. Lumetra Program Improves Diabetes Care Among Latinos
6. New Survey Shows Solutions to Improve Latinos Access to Health Care in California
7. Soccer Legend Tab Ramos, Subway(R) Restaurants Team Up To Fight Juvenile Obesity Among Latinos
8. Alzheimers Association Joins Celebra Hispanic Health Education Campaign to Build Awareness About Impact of Alzheimers and Resources Available for Latinos
9. Nearly Half of Newly Diagnosed HIV/AIDS Cases in Los Angeles County Are Among Latinos
10. Latinos Manage Diabetes With Help From the Community
11. Sodexo Ranks Second on the 2009 DiversityInc Top Ten Companies for Latinos List
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Too Few Latinos Get Colorectal Cancer Tests
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... Experts from the American ... Annual Research Meeting June 26-28, 2016, at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. ... including advance care planning, healthcare costs and patient and family engagement. , AIR ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... ... temporary closing of Bruton Memorial Library on June 21 due to a possible lice infestation, ... aspect of head lice: the parasite’s ability to live away from a human host, and ... necessary one in the event that lice have simply gotten out of control. , As ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... , ... June 25, 2016 , ... First Choice ... States, named Dr. Sesan Ogunleye, as the Medical Director of its new Mesquite-Samuell Farm ... Medical Director of our new Mesquite location,” said Dr. James M. Muzzarelli, Executive Medical ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 25, 2016 , ... Dr. Calvin Johnson has dedicated his ... implemented orthobiologic procedures as a method for treating his patients. The procedure is ... to perform the treatment. Orthobiologics are substances that orthopaedic surgeons use to help ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... Conventional wisdom preaches the benefits of moderation, whether ... latter, setting the bar too high can result in disappointment, perhaps even self-loathing. However, ... their goal. , Research from PsychTests.com reveals that behind the tendency ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... 24, 2016  Arkis BioSciences, a leading innovator ... more durable cerebrospinal fluid treatments, today announced it ... funding is led by Innova Memphis, followed by ... private investors.  Arkis, new financing will accelerate the ... market release of its in-licensed Endexo® technology. ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... DUBLIN , June 23, 2016 ... the "Pharmaceutical Excipients Market by Type (Organic Chemical ... Preservative), Formulation (Oral, Topical, Coating, Parenteral) - Global Forecast ... The global pharmaceutical excipients ... 2021 at a CAGR of 6.1% in the forecast ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... June 23, 2016 Capricor ... ), a biotechnology company focused on the discovery, ... that patient enrollment in its ongoing randomized HOPE-Duchenne ... exceeded 50% of its 24-patient target. Capricor expects ... third quarter of 2016, and to report top ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: