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192 PROMOTING COLORECTAL CANCER SCREENING AMONG THOSE WHO HAVE NEVER BEEN SCREENED R Walker, SE McGregor, RJ Hilsden, G Currie, SJ Heitman, AM Irving, J Bergman, D Sadowski OBJECTIVE: To identify factors that may be important in promoting colorectal cancer (CRC) screening among those who have never been screened.
Alberta Cancer Board; University of Alberta, Edmonton; University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta
METHODS: In depth, in-person interviews were completed on 218 people in the general population aged 50-74 in Alberta. Information was collected on prior screening experiences, health care practices and potential factors influencing screening practices. Most participants had never been screened for CRC (n=121, 56%), 26% (n=56) had been screened, and 18% (n=40) had investigational procedures. This analysis is restricted to those who have never been screened.
RESULTS: 55% of patients were males; 51% of patients were aged 50-59. 86% (n=104) reported going to their family physician for a regular routine check-up and 85% (n=103) reported that their family physician is their preferred source for health information. When making decisions about which tests to have, 36% prefer to share the decision with their physician and 28% prefer the physician makes the final decision. However, 72% (n=87) of participants had never discussed CRC with their physician even though 67% (n=78) report that CRC is a serious concern for them and 83% (n=98) believe that CRC screening is important for them. 85% perceive their risk of CRC to be the same or lower than other people their own age. In regard to CRC screening in the next year, the majority of participants (n=75) plan to discuss it with their family physician. The table below describes some of the factors that may influence CRC screening practices.
PROMOTING COLORECTAL CANCER SCREENING AMONG THOSE WHO HAVE NEVER BEEN SCREENED
R Walker, SE McGregor, RJ Hilsden, G Currie, SJ Heitman, AM Irving, J Bergman, D Sadowski
OBJECTIVE: To identify factors that may be important in promoting colorectal cancer (CRC) screening among those who have never been screened.
|I would be more likely to be screened if:||Agree||Uncertain||Disagree|
|I had symptoms||98.4%||-||1.6%|
|My doctor recommended the test||94.2%||4.1%||1.7%|
|It was included as a regular routine check-up||87.6%||5.0%||7.4%|
|I understood how likely I was to develop CRC||94.2%||5.8%||-|
|My family member was diagnosed with CR C||96.7%||1.6%||1.7%|