Barriers to CRC screening among Latino adults in Pennsylvania: ACCN results

Oralia Garcia-Dominic, Eugene J. Lengerich, Linda A. Wray, Roxanne Parrott, Betsy Aumiller, Brenda Kluhsman, Carlos Renderos, Mark Dignan

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Objectives: To describe knowledge of and barriers to colorectal cancer (CRC) screening by sex and geography among Latino adults in Pennsylvania. Methods: Eighty-two Latinos <50 years old engaged in one of 8 focus groups. Focus groups consisted of 4 components. Focus group data were audiotaped, transcribed, and grouped into thematic units using content analysis. Results: We found significant differences in the reported barriers to CRC screenings by sex and geography. Identified barriers were placed into 5 domains: (1) physical environment, (2) structural, (3) sociocultural, (4) individual level, and (5) physician related. Conclusions: A targeted approach for CRC screening among Latinos may be better than the nontargeted approach.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-167
Number of pages15
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2012


  • Appalachia Community Cancer Network
  • Barriers to CRC screening
  • Cancer health behaviors
  • Communitybased participatory research
  • Latinos/Hispanics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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