Colorectal Cancer in Different Populations


Before selecting your intervention strategies, it is important to think about how certain population characteristics may affect the success of the intervention. For example, population subgroups that differ by age, race, ethnicity, income or geography have different responses to your intervention. The following considerations and strategies reflect “lessons learned” based on a number of population subgroups that have participated in colorectal cancer interventions. Despite the increasing accumulation of all types of evidence, knowledge about “how something should be done” remains limited (Rychetnik, 2004). Therefore, the considerations and strategies provided below may or may not apply to all subgroups.  As always, it may be useful to work with the community of interest in adapting intervention activities to fit its needs.

For more information about population considerations for risk factors for colorectal cancer, please visit Nutrition, Physical Activity and Tobacco.

Older Adults

Racial and ethnic minorities

First Degree Relatives



Uninsured and Underinsured






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