Wednesday, March 18, 2015

New study shows colorectal cancer screening could save more than 200,000 lives by 2030

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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Public and private cancer organizations nationwide are working toward a goal of making sure 80 percent of the population is screened for colorectal cancer. A paper was just published online in Cancer concludes that increasing CRC screening rates to 80% by 2018 would reduce CRC incidence rates by 17 percent and mortality rates by 19 percent during short-term follow-up and by 22 percent and 33 percent, respectively, during extended follow-up. These reductions would amount to a total of 277,000 averted new cancers and 203,000 averted CRC deaths from 2013 through 2030.

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