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Reducing Rural Colon Cancer Disparities

November 21, 2019


This study is exploring the difference in outcomes for cancer patients in rural vs. urban areas. Southern Illinois will be used as the prime example of persistent poverty that can affect the outcome of one’s diagnosis. The aim is to develop a model which includes specially produced brochures and literary material and colonoscopy scheduling assistance.


Study Information

This clinical trial is estimated to have 1816 participants, with the primary purpose of prevention. The study began on September 8th 2017 and the predicted completion date is February 28th 2021.


Inclusion Criteria


  • Ages 50-75
  • Positive fecal occult blood test referral (FOBT) during the study period


Exclusion Criteria

  • No medical contra-indication for colonoscopy



This clinical trial is taking place at two locations. For the Illinois location, it is taking place at Southern Illinois Healthcare, Carbondale, Illinois, United States, 62901. For further information, please contact Marci Moore-Connelley, M.D. on 618-536-6621 or at For the Missouri location, it is taking place at the Washington University School of Medicine, Saint Louis, Missouri, United States, 63110. For further information, please contact Aimee James, Ph.D., MPH on 314-454-8300 or at



This study is sponsored by the Washington School of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Cancer Institute (NCI). The Principal Investigator is Aimee James, Ph.D., MPH.

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