US colorectal cancer screening rates are “far too low,” says CDC

07-11-2013 BMJ NewsComments (0)


Nearly a third (28%) of adults aged 50-75 in the United States have never been screened for colorectal cancer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported.

“Despite research that shows that colorectal cancer screening saves lives, screening rates remain far too low,” said the CDC’s director, Tom Frieden, in a telephone conference about the agency’s new report.

Colorectal cancer, which kills about 50 000 Americans a year, is the second leading cause of death from cancer among men and women in the …

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