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Research on Community Cancer Control: Study of Colorectal Cancer Screening in the African American Population

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Research on Community Cancer Control: Study of Colorectal Cancer Screening in the African American Population

Despite increased awareness of the importance of being screened for colorectal cancer,
African Americans continue to be disproportionately affected by this disease. The Colorectal
Cancer Screening Intervention Trial (CCSIT) is designed to test and expand a public health
intervention that combines social marketing and community-coalition building efforts.

The purpose of this study is to 1) evaluate the effects of three different approaches on
knowledge, attitudes and beliefs (KABs) about colorectal cancer; 2) to examine the effects
of three different approaches to adherence to screening guidelines and 3) to evaluate the
independent role of setting on screening practices.

Participants age 50 and over are recruited from churches, clinics and senior sites which
allows us to examine the impact of setting on participant recruitment and changes to KAB.
Pre and post questionnaires are administered to determine the knowledge attitudes and
behaviors (KAB) related to screening and to measure psychosocial parameters (self-esteem,
perceived stress and social support). These persons are randomized into one of four groups,
the control group and three intervention arms: (1) one-on-one counseling sessions, (2) small
group educational sessions and (3) financial incentives interventions where out of pocket
cost for screening is reimbursed. The counseling and educational interventions incorporate
the Health Belief Model and Social Learning Theory.

Inclusion Criteria:

- African American

- Previously not screened for colorectal cancer according to ACS guidelines

- Reside in Fulton,,Gwinett,Cobb,Clayton and DeKalb counties

- 50 years of age or older

Exclusion Criteria:

- Non-African American

- Less than 50 years of age

- Previously screened consistent with ACS guideline

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Factorial Assignment, Masking: Open Label

Outcome Measure:

Colorectal Cancer Screening Rate; This measurement(Impact) is taken 90 days from last intervention session. If a person is not screened, an additional measurement(Post-Impact) is taken 90 days from the Impact.

Principal Investigator

Daniel Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.H.

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

Morehouse School of Medicine


United States: Institutional Review Board

Study ID:




Start Date:

March 2003

Completion Date:

July 2007

Related Keywords:

  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer Screening
  • African Americans
  • Colorectal Cancer Screening
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer and African Americans
  • Cancer Disparities
  • Colorectal Neoplasms



Morehouse School of Medicine Atlanta, Georgia  30310-1495