Less than 50 percent of eligible individuals tested for colorectal cancer

Stephanie Wheeler, PhD, and Michael Pignone, MD, MPH, published “Regional variation in colorectal cancer testing and geographic availability of care in a publicly insured population” in the journal Health and Place. The paper found that less than 50 percent of eligible individuals had evidence of colorectal (CRC) testing.

Men, African-Americans, Medicaid beneficiaries, and those living furthest away from endoscopy facilities had significantly lower odds of CRC testing, with significant regional variation. These results can help prioritize intervention strategies to improve CRC testing among publicly insured, disabled populations. Read more.