Colon Cancer Screening Rates Are Falling Short

Cancer screening rates are falling below Healthy People 2020 targets.

Only 58.2% of adults ages 50 to 75 reported being screened for colon cancer, according to new research. This percentage is below the Healthy People 2020 target for screening rates.


Researchers analyzed data from the National Health Interview Survey 2013 and found that two in five adults reported not being up-to-date with colon cancer screening. They also found that colon cancer screening rates were essentially unchanged in 2013 compared with the rate in 2010.

"It is concerning to see a stall in colorectal cancer screening rates," said Lisa C. Richardson, MD, MPH, director of the CDC's Division of Cancer Prevention and Control. "We must find new ways to make people and providers aware that getting tested for colorectal cancer could prevent cancer and save their lives."

Screening is the best way to prevent colon cancer fatalities, and there are many different ways to get screened. Talk to your doctor about the different options to prevent cancer and save lives.  

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  • New drugs show promise for colon cancer prevention

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  • New drugs show promise for colon cancer prevention

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  • New drugs show promise for colon cancer prevention

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  • New research suggests that eating walnuts may reduce the growth of colon cancer tumors. 
  • Health care plans cannot charge for the anesthesia required for a colonoscopy, but may not cover the costs of the preparations, such as a bowel prep kit. 
  • New drugs show promise for colon cancer prevention

Other News From Around the Web:

  • New research suggests that eating walnuts may reduce the growth of colon cancer tumors. 
  • Health care plans cannot charge for the anesthesia required for a colonoscopy, but may not cover the costs of the preparations, such as a bowel prep kit. 
  • New drugs show promise for colon cancer prevention

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  • New research suggests that eating walnuts may reduce the growth of colon cancer tumors. 
  • Health care plans cannot charge for the anesthesia required for a colonoscopy, but may not cover the costs of the preparations, such as a bowel prep kit. 
  • New drugs show promise for colon cancer prevention

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  • New research suggests that eating walnuts may reduce the growth of colon cancer tumors. 
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  • New research suggests that eating walnuts may reduce the growth of colon cancer tumors. 
  • Health care plans cannot charge for the anesthesia required for a colonoscopy, but may not cover the costs of the preparations, such as a bowel prep kit. 
  • New drugs show promise for colon cancer prevention

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  • New research suggests that eating walnuts may reduce the growth of colon cancer tumors. 
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  • New research suggests that eating walnuts may reduce the growth of colon cancer tumors. 
  • Health care plans cannot charge for the anesthesia required for a colonoscopy, but may not cover the costs of the preparations, such as a bowel prep kit. 
  • New drugs show promise for colon cancer prevention

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