Wednesday, November 6, 2013

CDC: 1 in 3 adults over 50 skip colorectal cancer screening

Up to 23 million people may be at risk for colorectal cancer and not even know it because they're skipping screening tests, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday in a new report.

The CDC's Vital Signs report, published Nov. 5 on the agency's website, found one in three adults between the ages of 50 and 75 are not getting tested despite the medical guideline screening recommendations for their age groups.

The percentage of that age group with up-to-date recommended screenings increased from 54 percent in 2002 to 65 percent in 2010, primarily through increased use of colonoscopy over that time. The new report -- which looked at 2012 statistics -- found that the rates were about 65.1 percent last year, which may suggest a leveling off.

CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden told reporters Tuesday that it's a "really disturbing fact" that screening rates remained lower than they should be when it is known that colorectal cancer tests can save lives.

For the rest of the story, go to CBS News.

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