-- Robert Preidt
THURSDAY, May 5 (HealthDay News) -- Elderly black and Hispanic
Americans are less likely than whites to get colorectal cancer
screening, even though Medicare has expanded coverage for screening
tests such as colonoscopy and fecal occult blood test, a new study
Researchers examined U.S. National Cancer Institute data between
1996 and 2005 to determine rates of colorectal cancer screening
among Medicare beneficiaries aged 70 to 89 with no history of any
Blacks were less likely than whites to receive colorectal cancer
screening before and after Medicare provided coverage of fecal
occult blood test, and after coverage of colonoscopy, according to
the University of Texas School of Public Health study.
The investigators also found that Hispanics were less likely
than whites to receive colorectal cancer screening after Medicare
provided coverage of colonoscopy.
The study is published in the current issue of the journal
Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.
"Colorectal cancer screening increased as Medicare coverage expanded. However, screening rates were still low according to recommendations," study author Aricia White, an epidemic service officer at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in a news release from the American Association for Cancer Research.
"More efforts need to be made to increase colorectal cancer screening among all [Medicare] beneficiaries," she added.
The U.S. National Cancer Institute has more about
colorectal cancer screening.
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