Colorectal cancer screening: prevalence among low-income groups with health insurance.


Journal Article

We examined the prevalence of colorectal cancer (CRC) screening in a low-income, racial/ethnic minority sample, among whom 97 percent had health insurance that covered CRC screening. This is a model for examining the impact of health insurance on racial/ethnic disparities in screening. Screening rates (67 percent self-reported; 52 percent adjusted based on a validation substudy) were higher than among similar population-based samples who have lower levels of insurance coverage. There were no differences by race/ethnicity. This study suggests that insurance coverage for CRC screening should be considered as part of a comprehensive approach to address CRC disparities.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Emmons, KM; Lobb, R; Puleo, E; Bennett, G; Stoffel, E; Syngal, S

Published Date

  • January 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 28 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 169 - 177

PubMed ID

  • 19124867

Pubmed Central ID

  • 19124867

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1544-5208

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0278-2715

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1377/hlthaff.28.1.169


  • eng