CDC: Many Not Getting Recommended Cancer Screenings

Not enough adults are getting the recommended screening tests for colorectal, breast, and cervical cancers, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported. 

In its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, screening for these cancers fell below previous rates or showed no improvement in 2013. Researchers analyzed data from the National Health Interview Survey 2013 that is used to gauge progress toward the Healthy People 2020 goals for cancer screenings. One in 5 women reported not being up-to-date with cervical cancer screening, 1 in 4 women not up-to-date with breast cancer screening, and about 2 in 5 adults not up-to-date with colorectal cancer screening.  Specifically,  the 2013 data revealed that 58.2% of adults aged 50-75 years reported colorectal cancer screening; 72.6% of women aged 50-74 years reported having a mammogram; and 80.7% of women aged 21-65 years reported having a Pap test. 

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Compared with 2010, rates of colorectal cancer testing were basically unchanged in 2013.  In women aged 21-65 years, Pap testing was lower than 2000 reports, and mammography screenings remained stagnant with minimal change from earlier years. Moreover, the report showed adults without insurance or usual healthcare  source had the lowest screening test use overall. 

Researchers conclude that more efforts are needed to meet cancer screening goals and reduce screening disparities. 

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