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Journal of Obesity
Volume 2011, Article ID 314619, 6 pages
Research Article

Race/Ethnicity, Gender, Weight Status, and Colorectal Cancer Screening

1Department of Family & Community Medicine, Christiana Care Health System, Wilmington Annex, Room 328, Wilmington, DE 19801, USA
2Division of Population Science, Department of Medical Oncology, Thomas Jefferson University, 1025 Walnut Street, Jefferson Medical College Building, Suite 1014, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
3Division of Biostatistics, Thomas Jefferson University, 1015 Chestnut Street, Suite M100, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
4Department of Family & Community Medicine, Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, 1015 Walnut Street, Suite 401, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
5Department of Family Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina, 295 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29425, USA

Received 7 September 2011; Accepted 1 November 2011

Academic Editor: Francesco Saverio Papadia

Copyright © 2011 Heather Bittner Fagan et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. The literature on colorectal cancer (CRC) screening is contradictory regarding the impact of weight status on CRC screening. This study was intended to determine if CRC screening rates among 2005 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) respondent racial/ethnic and gender subgroups were influenced by weight status. Methods. Univariable and multivariable logistic regression analyses were performed to determine if CRC screening use differed significantly among obese, overweight, and normal-weight individuals in race/ethnic and gender subgroups. Results. Multivariable analyses showed that CRC screening rates did not differ significantly for individuals within these subgroups who were obese or overweight as compared to their normal-weight peers. Conclusion. Weight status does not contribute to disparities in CRC screening in race/ethnicity and gender subgroups.