Chat & Chew

Chat & Chew: Colon Cancer Screening Among Men

The purpose of this in-depth qualitative study is to describe and advance understanding of the barriers associated with colorectoral cancer (CRC) screening among Somali men (ages 50–74) in Minnesota by employing focus group methodology.

Principal Investigator 

Charles R. Rogers, PhD, MPH, MS, CHES

Co-Investigatorschat chewchat chew

Todd Rockwood, PhD
Sherrie Flynt Wallington, PhD

Project Manager

O. Jessica Obidike

Community Partners

Dr. Steve Vincent - People’s Center Health Services
Abdullahi Sheikh - Brian Coyle Community Center

Team Members

Zahra Mahamed, Research Assistant
Musse Hussein, Research Assistant
ClayVon Lowe/D-Brand Designs, Marketing Consultant


In 2016, MN Community Measurement revealed that Somali immigrants (ages 50–74) have a CRC screening rate of 24% in Minnesota, which is significantly below the statewide average (71%) and the screening rate for whites (73%). The lack of research on CRC prevention and control among Somali immigrants—Somali males, specifically—in the U.S. is a forthcoming public health emergency since five-year survival rates for CRC are nearly 90% when diagnosed at an early stage via screening.


Rogers, C. R., Wallington, S.F., Mahamed, Z.A., Obidike, O.J., Sheikh, A., Rockwood, T., Vincent, S. & Lowe, C.D. (2016, September). Barriers Associated with (Colorectal) Cancer Screening Among Somali Men: A Qualitative Pilot Study. Poster presented at Ninth American Association for Cancer Research Conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved - Fort Lauderdale, FL.