Will Screening Mammography in the East Do More Harm than Good?

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Will Screening Mammography in the East Do More Harm than Good?

© American Journal of Public Health 2002
Publication Date
Nov 01, 2002
  • Biology


CDC Vital Signs: Cancer Screening t 1 www http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr www http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns www http://www.cdc.gov/cancer 36% Only 36% of uninsured adults aged 50–75 are up-to-date with colorectal cancer screening. 56% Only 56% of uninsured women aged 50–74 are up-to-date with mammography screening. Cancer Screening Colorectal Cancer Breast Cancer 22M 22 million adults aged 50–75 need to be screened for colorectal cancer, and 7 million women aged 50–74 need to be screened for breast cancer. Most adults are getting recommended breast and colorectal cancer screenings. Yet a new CDC report says more than 22 million adults have not had screening tests for colorectal cancer, and more than 7 million women have not had a recent mammogram to screen for breast cancer as recommended. This CDC report also points out why more people need to get tested for colorectal and breast cancer and what can be done to increase screening. Want to learn more? Visit— National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Division of Cancer Prevention and Control July 2010 2 Colorectal Cancer Colorectal cancer screening 1. prevents cancer and saves lives. Colorectal cancer is cancer of the colon or rec- ◊ tum, and is often called simply “colon cancer.” It is the #2 cause of cancer deaths in the United States and kills more nonsmokers than any other cancer. African American men and women are particularly at risk of dying from colon cancer. In 2006, more than 139,000 people learned ◊ they had colon cancer, and more than 53,000 people died of it. At least 6 of every 10 deaths could be pre- ◊ vented from colon cancer if every adult 50 years or older got tested regularly. Screening tests can find precancerous polyps ◊ (abnormal growths) in the colon or rectum. These growths can be removed before they turn into cancer. In this way, you can prevent colon cancer. The earlier col


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