Immigrants miss out on cancer screening

Rural people are more likely to have cancer screening than those in the city, according to a study of people aged 50 and older.

But rural and urban immigrants from Asia and Europe are less likely to be tested than other Australians, report the Cancer Council NSW and Charles Sturt University researchers.

In urban areas 16% of males and 13% of female immigrants report taking up FOBT screening, compared with 22% and 18% of Australian-born men and women, according to data from about 200,000 people in the NSW 45 and Up Study.

In rural areas,