Cultural barriers to bowel cancer screening program
Coinciding with a federal government announcement that the program would be expanded, a study published last week found a lot of misunderstanding among participants in focus groups. The study aimed to shed light on the low 40% nationwide uptake of invitations to screen.
Many non-English speaking participants had trouble following the instructions, while some cultural groups avoided the test for fear of diagnosis, said the researchers, led by Dr Sara Javanparast from the South Australian Community Health Research Unit at Flinders University, Adelaide.
Many had wrongly assumed that receiving a kit