Disparities in colorectal cancer screening among South Asians in New York City: a cross-sectional study

Laura C. Wyatt, Shilpa Patel, Julie A. Kranick, Victoria H. Raveis, Joseph E. Ravenell, Stella S. Yi, Simona C. Kwon, Nadia S. Islam

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Despite improvements in colorectal cancer (CRC) screening in New York City (NYC) since the early 2000s, the degree to which disparities persist for specific Asian American subgroups has yet to be fully elucidated. The purpose of this study is to examine disparities in rates of timely colonoscopy screening among five racial/ethnic groups in NYC. We performed a retrospective cross-sectional analysis of combined 2014–2018 NYC Community Health Survey data. Prevalence estimates of timely colonoscopy screening (within the past 10 years) among individuals ≥ 50 years of age were calculated and presented overall (n = 24,288) and by socio-demographic variables. Racial/ethnic categories included White, Black, Hispanic, East Asian, and South Asian. Multivariable models examined socio-demographic and racial/ethnic predictors of timely colonoscopy screening. A trend analysis examined colonoscopy screening by race/ethnicity and year from 2012 to 2018 (n = 33,130). Age-adjusted prevalence of timely colonoscopy screening was lowest among Asian Americans (South Asian 61.1% and East Asian 65.9%) compared to Hispanics (71.3%), Blacks (70.2%), and Whites (68.6%). Adjustment by socio-demographics, including insurance status, further explained disparities for South Asians (adjusted risk ratio [RR] = 0.84, 95% CI = 0.73–0.97) compared to Hispanics; additionally, Whites (adjusted RR=0.88, 95% CI = 0.84–0.92) were less likely to have received a timely colonoscopy compared to Hispanics. Age, health insurance, poverty group, and education were significant predictors in adjusted regression. Results indicate that South Asians have not equally benefited from campaigns to increase colonoscopy screening in NYC. Our findings support the development of targeted, and linguistically and culturally adapted campaigns that facilitate access to health systems and leverage existing community assets and social support systems among South Asian populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1510-1518
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Cancer Education
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2022


  • Asian American
  • Colonoscopy
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Health disparities
  • South Asian

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


Dive into the research topics of 'Disparities in colorectal cancer screening among South Asians in New York City: a cross-sectional study'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this