Delays in Colorectal Cancer Screening for Latino Patients: The Role of Immigrant Healthcare in Stemming the Rising Global Incidence of Colorectal Cancer

Eleazar E. Montalvan-Sanchez, Renato Beas, Ahmad Karkash, Ambar Godoy, Dalton Argean Norwood, Michael Dougherty


The significant global burden of colorectal cancer accentuates disparities in access to preventive healthcare in most low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) as well as large sections of underserved populations within high-income countries. The barriers to colorectal cancer screening in economically transitioning Latin America are multiple. At the same time, immigration from these countries to the USA continues to increase. This case highlights the delays in diagnosis experienced by a recent immigrant from a country with no established colorectal cancer screening program, to an immigrant population in the USA with similar poor screening coverage. We discuss common challenges faced by Latinos in their home countries and the USA, as well as strategies that could be implemented to improve screening coverage in US immigrant populations.

Gastroenterol Res. 2024;17(1):41-51


Colorectal cancer; Screening delays; Latino patients; Immigrant healthcare; Rising global incidence; Colorectal health; Cancer prevention; Healthcare disparities

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