ACS Grantee Links Obesity & Colon Cancer

ACS Grantee Links Obesity & Colon Cancer


I divide my time up between seeing
patients and doing research. I like to think of
myself as a physician who does research not a researcher who does medicine. but I I am involved in the funded research from the ACS which is looking at obesity and colorectal cancer screening behavior as well I’m involved in an interventional
study that is looking at ways to improve
colorectal cancer screening in primary care practices and as far as my patient care I do full range of family medicine. My research
looks at association obesity and colorectal
cancer screening It uses a national database the National Health Interview Survey I’m trying to determine is obesity a barrier to colorectal cancer screening and is it sort of a differential barrier depending on the race gender
subgroups so when I say gender subgroups I’m
specific looking black men black women white men white women
Hispanic men and Hispanic women because we know that colorectal cancer screening varies
according to race and gender as does obesity. If we are aware of the barriers and sort of who is and who is not
affected by those barriers then we can more effectively reach those
populations who are at risk for not being screened. You know colorectal cancer screening has improved but it still is you know many
states and places still only about half people you know
get colorectal cancer screening and those of us in that business really you know that’s not acceptable. You
know that there’s it’s not even to screen there’s the
opportunity for the primary prevention of cancer through
colonoscopy and people don’t do it and we’ve got
to figure out why and we know that people don’t do it in a
way that’s not fairly distributed you know it’s it’s one of the reasons
for disparities so you know I think that certainly my
work is not going to correct the whole problem but I’d like to think it’s a
piece in the puzzle I really care about prevention and as a physician you really see too often end point of things. Especially early on you training should
put into the hospital you see people who are sick and when you you really realize and
think about that had the opportunity to go back 10 years
in some people’s lives and you could have gotten to do you know certain simple behavior that they wouldn’t be in you
know the bad position that they are can make it you know you get pretty
passionate about prevention people can’t do research without money to support it and from my end it is especially challenging as a physician to find
support to protect your time to do research because you know really
there’s a strong pull for you to be seeing patients
generating revenue taking care the volume. So that ability to protect time to do things
like research and advocacy and
leadership is really essential

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