Doctor-Patient Talks Key to Blacks Getting Cancer Screens

Poor doctor-patient communication and not having a regular primary-care doctor may be major reasons for low colorectal cancer screening rates among black Americans, a new study suggests.

Researchers surveyed 1,081 blacks, aged 65 to 79, in Baltimore, and found that those who’d been screened for colorectal cancer were more likely to report better overall health status than those who hadn’t been screened.

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