A CDC Vital Signs report published earlier this year found that 1 in 3 adults ages 50-75 are not getting their recommended colon cancer screening. The study also revealed 90% of people live 5 years or more when their colon cancer is detected early through screening.
This study offers an interesting explanation for these low screening rates. Because colon cancer often does not show early symptoms, people do not get screened.
Additionally, many people fear the colonoscopy procedure, preperation, or side effects so they avoid getting screened for colon cancer. However, colonoscopy is not the only option.
As part of their mission to increase colon cancer screening rates, the CDC produced this infographic detailing the various types of screening tests available.
As part of our mission to increase those screening rates, we want to share it with you.
Image Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention