Poster Presentation: Dissertation Research
The National Cancer Institute reported all states achieved the Healthy People 2010 objective of at least 50% compliance for colorectal cancer (CRC) screening in adults age 50 and above. However, Louisiana had the lowest reported screening rate of 52.6% using endoscopy studies; colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy. While there is extensive research data confirming colorectal cancer and screening disparities among AA, there is minimal research targeting elderly AA in the rural-south and specifically drilled-down to the parish-level. The purpose of the research was to examine CRC screening compliance using endoscopy procedures of colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy, among African American Medicare beneficiaries in two neighboring parishes in northwest Louisiana.