Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Social Sciences


Social Sciences

First Advisor

Fenelon, James V.

Second Advisor

Lund, Dale

Third Advisor

Carrére, Sybil


The purpose of this study was to examine a physician's recommendation for ColoRectal Cancer screenings among Caucasians and minorities (African American, Asian American, and Latino). Past research on CRC has suggested that a history of CRC in a first degree relative elevates a person's lifetime risk. Furthermore, without a physician recommendation for early screening, the patient's chances of early detection are substantially lowered. This is why it is imperative to examine the complex factors that contribute to minorities who have lower CRC screening rates compared to Caucasians.