Rates of Colorectal CA Screening Lower for Adults With Disabilities

This article originally appeared here.
Share this content:
Rates of Colorectal CA Screening Lower for Adults With Disabilities
Rates of Colorectal CA Screening Lower for Adults With Disabilities

THURSDAY, April 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- American adults with disabilities have lower colorectal cancer screening rates than other adults, according to a study published recently in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

In an effort to estimate the proportion of adherence to and adjusted odds of colorectal cancer screening over time among adults with one of the three disabilities, Chelsea Deroche, Ph.D., from the University of Missouri School of Medicine in Columbia, and colleagues reviewed South Carolina Medicaid and Medicare claims, state health plan claims, and hospital discharge data from 2000 to 2009.

The researchers found that 48 percent of the general population reported having routine colorectal cancer screenings. This compared to 34 percent of those with intellectual disabilities, 44 percent of those with spinal cord injuries, and 46 percent of people with blindness or limited sight.

"These individuals may not be routinely screened for colorectal cancer due to a lack of education and awareness, transportation challenges, or other barriers," Deroche said in a university news release. "These findings support the need for increased awareness and targeted advocacy outreach efforts to both physicians and caregivers to ensure all individuals are screened appropriately."

Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!




Already a member?

Sign In Now »

Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease

Trending Activities

All Professions



Sign up for myCME e-newsletters




More in Home

FDA Approves Palynziq for Phenylketonuria

FDA Approves Palynziq for Phenylketonuria

Drug is a novel enzyme therapy for adult patients with PKU with uncontrolled blood Phe concentrations

Increase in Tx Candidates With 2017 Hypertension Guidelines

Increase in Tx Candidates With 2017 Hypertension Guidelines

Increase in proportion of adults recommended for treatment; estimated decrease in CVD events, deaths