How can screening for colon cancer be increased in ethnically diverse populations?

Updated: Apr 15, 2020
  • Author: Tomislav Dragovich, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: N Joseph Espat, MD, MS, FACS  more...
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A study by Lasser et al found that in an ethnically diverse patient population, completion of colorectal cancer screening was increased by the use of a patient navigation strategy consisting of an introductory letter from the primary care provider with educational material, followed by telephone calls from a language-concordant navigator. Navigator intervention proved particularly beneficial for patients whose primary language was other than English and for black patients. [62]


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