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Abstract

The principal intent for colorectal cancer screening is early detection and primary prevention of colorectal cancer. In spite of these intentions, there is a reluctance of the general population to participate in screening. Colorectal cancer is preventable. However, screening non-adherence contributes to both cancer mortality and incidence rates and results in expensive, unnecessary health care costs. A faith-based community nurse-driven educational session, using an American Cancer Society PowerPoint, was developed to address barriers of screening non-adherence. The educational session was offered to adults who participate in multiple faith-based organizations. The session provided education regarding colorectal cancer and colorectal cancer screening and was delivered by an experienced faith community nurse. A pre-test/post-test design was utilized to evaluate if the educational session would increase the knowledge regarding colorectal cancer and colorectal cancer screening and decrease colorectal cancer screening perceived barriers. This research design also evaluated if intent to be screened increased with the educational session. Results indicated knowledge and intent to be screened increased and perceptions regarding embarrassment, pain, messiness and inconvenience of screenings decreased after the delivery of the educational session.

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