1 in 3 Americans skipping colorectal screening

One in three Americans aren’t up to date with their recommended colorectal cancer screening, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC report found colorectal screening increased overall, from 52 percent in 2002 to 65 percent in 2010, with nearly two-thirds of Americans who needed to be screened having the test by 2010.

But some 22 million Americans still need to be screened.

“Colon cancer can be prevented, and we are making progress in getting more people screened,” said CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “Those who receive these life-saving screening tests can lead longer, healthier and more productive lives. Saving our nation the health care costs associated with treating colon cancer is an additional benefit.”

Screening is recommended beginning at age 50. Patients can do one or a combination of:
— A fecal occult blood test (FOBT) done at home every year,
— A flexible sigmoidoscopy, done every five years, with a FOBT done every three years,
— Colonoscopy, done every 10 years.

See the full report at: www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns.
 

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