Understanding factors related to Colorectal Cancer (CRC) screening among urban Hispanics: use of focus group methodology

J Cancer Educ. 2010 Mar;25(1):70-5. doi: 10.1007/s13187-009-0015-z.


Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a major cause of cancer deaths among US Hispanics. Screening decreases mortality through early detection. To understand factors related to CRC screening among Hispanics, focus groups were conducted. Reasons for getting screened included peace of mind; influence from family and friends; and wanting to prevent CRC. Barriers included fear of finding cancer and fear of the examination. These results informed a survey to better understand CRC screening among Hispanics in a cross-sectional study. The information from both will direct the development of interventions to increase CRC screening among Hispanics.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / ethnology*
  • Early Detection of Cancer*
  • Female
  • Focus Groups
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Hispanic Americans / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • New York City
  • Urban Population*