CDC Releases Findings on Colon Cancer Screening


For November 2013, the CDC released some findings on colon cancer screening in the United States. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer of men and women in the US, following lung cancer. However, many people are unaware just how much early detection can prevent this disease.

Screening Saves Lives

About 90% of people live 5 or more years when their colorectal cancer is found early through testing. This reinforces the fact that early screening saves lives.

Too Many Aren’t Tested

The CDC found that the biggest problem related to colorectal cancer is that many people never get tested at all:

  • About 23 million adults have never been tested.
  • People with lower education and income are less likely to get tested.
  • About 2/3 of adults that have not been tested for colorectal cancer have health insurance that could pay for the test.

About 1/3 of adults (23 million people) between 50 and 75 years old are not getting tested as recommended. The people less likely to get tested are Hispanics, those aged 50-64, men, American Indian or Alaska natives, those who don’t live in a city, and people with lower education and income.

What You Can Do

Be an advocate for yourself and your loved ones. Many people are averse to being screened because of decades-old misconceptions about a colon cancer screening. The CDC offered some more tips to empower individuals:

  • Learn about testing options and get the test that is right for you.
  • Know your own family history and any personal risks they may have for colorectal cancer.
  • Encourage your friends and family members to be tested for colorectal cancer.
  • Contact your local health department to learn how you can get tested for colorectal cancer.

To learn more, visit the CDC’s website: CDC Vital Signs

This information should not be relied upon as a substitute for personal medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Use the information provided on this site solely at your own risk. If you have any concerns about your health, please consult with a physician.

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