Researchers from UC Davis Cancer Center have found out that colon cancer screening highly depends on a person’s geography, race and ethnicity. Hitherto, it had been known that racial and ethnic differences do have a role to play in the lower colorectal screening. Difference in culture and socio-economic status had played a role in that.
But now it has been found that these screenings are also affected by geographical boundaries. Medical oncologist Thomas Semrad and his team members demonstrate that screening for the whites hardly vary despite differences in geographical location but when it comes to non-whites, there is a marked difference.
The research team collected some data from various states and regions including Atlanta, Ga.; rural Georgia; San Francisco-Oakland; San Jose-Monterey; Los Angeles County; Seattle-Puget Sound, Wash.; Detroit, Mich.; Connecticut; Hawaii; Iowa; and New Mexico.
The findings showed that whites had a higher likelihood of being up to-date on screening than other races on any place. Hawaii was an exception though since the Asia-Pacific islanders had a higher screening there.
This may be due to the influence that the Japanese culture has had in Hawaii. The screening rates were lowest in the African Americans as per the study. Also, no difference was registered in the screening rates among the Hispanics of different regions.
It is believed that less access to basic care and gastrointestinal specialists play a vital role in such variations. However, more work needs to be done to find out what are the determinants for minorities in terms of getting screened.