Adults with disabilities screened less often for colorectal cancer

Researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine looked at screening adherence rates and found that individuals with certain disabilities are less likely to receive recommended preventive screenings. The study was recently published online in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine The researchers compared colorectal screening adherence rates of individuals with either blindness or low vision, an intellectual disability or a spinal cord injury to the general U.S. population. About 48 percent of the general population reported receiving routine screenings, compared to 34 percent of individuals with an intellectual disability, 44 percent of individuals with spinal cord injuries and 46 percent of individuals with blindness or low vision. The researchers hope the finding will lead to targeted interventions and increased awareness for these individuals. eCancer, 30/03/17
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