Surveillance of the Colorectal Cancer Disparities Among Demographic Subgroups - A Spatial Analysis

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2006-09

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Southern Medical Journal, Volume 99, Number 9, September 2006, pp. 949-956.

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To understand the extent of the demographic and geographic disparities, the present study examined colorectal cancer mortality in 15 demographic groups in Texas counties between 1990 and 2001. The study confirmed the excess mortality in some Texas counties found in the literature, identified 13 additional excess mortality regions, and found 4 health regions with persistent excess mortality involving several population subgroups. The study suggested that Health disparities of colorectal cancer mortality continue to exist in Texas demographic subpopulations. Health education and intervention programs should be directed to the at-risk sub-populations in the identified regions.

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