US ethnic minorities are less likely to be screened for cancer, study finds

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 30 January 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e754
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

Asian Americans and Hispanic Americans were less likely than white or black Americans to undergo recommended screenings for cancer, a study has found.

Sallyann Coleman King, the lead author of the study by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Cancer Institute, said it was troubling that disparities in screening persisted in some populations. “Screening can find breast, cervical, and colorectal cancers at an early stage, when treatment is more effective. We must continue to monitor cancer screening rates to improve the health of …

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