Study: Too few people being screened for colon cancer

Web MD reports this:

"Colorectal cancer screening rates are much lower (than breast and cervical cancer screening rates), although more people than ever are being screened.

In 2010, about 59% of eligible men and women had colonoscopies or another colorectal cancer screening test -- well below the 70% target screening rate for both sexes."

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In Kentucky, we've seen screening rates more than double, but we still have a long way to go. Be sure to get screened, and tell others to do the same!

Current U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) cancer screening recommendations for people at average risk include:

  • Breast cancer: Women aged 50 to 74 should be screened with a mammogram at least every two years. The decision to start screening before age 50 is an individual one and the patient's values regarding specific benefits and harms should be taken into account.
  • Cervical cancer: Women who have been sexually active for three years, or are aged 21 through 65 and have not had their cervix removed during a hysterectomy, should be screened for cervical cancer with a Pap test at least every three years.
  • Colorectal cancer: Men and women with an average risk for the cancer should be screened routinely at ages 50 through 75 with either colonoscopy testing at least every 10 years, sigmoidoscopy every five years combined with ecal occult blood testing (FOBT) every three years, or yearly fecal occult blood testing.

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