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Source: The Guide to Community Preventive Services

Last Reviewed: March 2010

The Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) recommends interventions that reduce structural barriers to increase screening for colorectal cancer by fecal occult blood testing. These interventions may help increase access to cancer screening services by: 

  • Reducing the time or distance between the people who need services and the places where services are offered 
  • Making sure people can get services at times that work for them
  • Offering services in non-clinical settings, like mobile mammography vans at worksites or in residential communities
  • Reducing or simplifying administrative procedures

CPSTF found insufficient evidence to determine whether reducing structural barriers increases colorectal cancer screening by flexible sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy.

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Guide to Community Preventive Services. (2010). Cancer Screening: Reducing Structural Barriers for Clients – Colorectal Cancer. Retrieved from https://www.thecommunityguide.org/findings/cancer-screening-reducing-structural-barriers-clients-colorectal-cancer