Awareness and knowledge of Colorectal Cancer Screening among Latinos in Omaha, Nebraska

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Background: Colorectal cancer (CRC) screening rates remain low in Latino communities. We sought to determine the screening awareness and attitudes in Omaha, Nebraska. Methods: We interviewed 150 Latinos at an urban Federally Qualified Health Center, June-October 2017. Chi-square or Fisher-exact tests and multiple logistic regression models were used for data analysis. Results: Participants reported low educational attainment, low income, and limited access to insurance or a primary provider. Less than one-third of participants aged 50 + had ever heard of FOBT (32.6%) or colonoscopy (30.4%). For individuals 50+, access to a primary care provider (p =.03) and knowing the screening initiation age (p =.03) were associated with ever having a colonoscopy. Higher knowledge score was a strong predictor of any CRC screening. Discussion: Knowledge predicted screening, suggesting interventions should aim to educate this population regarding CRC screening guidelines and options and work with stakeholders to make CRC screening more accessible.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)161-167
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2023


  • Awareness
  • Colorectal cancer screening
  • Health disparity
  • Latinos

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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