Large disparities exist in colorectal cancer screening rates between whites and minority populations in the U.S. In this retrospective study by Gaduputi et al, minorities (Hispanics and African Americans) with personal history of adenomatous polyp and those with family history of colorectal cancer were more likely to have adequate bowel preparation compared to average risk minorities. The authors concluded that the perception of colorectal cancer risk significantly influenced the bowel preparation behaviors of minorities.

Take Home Point: Hispanics and African Americans with increased risk for colorectal cancer are more likely to have adequate bowel preparation compared to average risk minorities.

 

References

  1. Gaduputi V, et al. Influence of perception of colorectal cancer risk and patient bowel preparation behavior: a study in minority populations. Clin Exp Gastroenterol 2015; 8: 69-75.