Colorectal cancer screenings nearly double in U.S. since 2000

While the number of adults screened for colorectal cancer in the United States nearly doubled from 2000 to 2015, rates of cervical cancer screening dropped and no increase was observed in breast cancer screening, according to the CDC's most recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

For the report, CDC researchers analyzed data from the annual National Health Interview Survey for the years 2000 to 2015. In that time frame, colorectal cancer screening rates increased from 33 percent to 62 percent in men. Women also experienced a substantial increase in colorectal screening, jumping from 35 percent to 63 percent over the same time period.

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Screening among women ages 21 to 65 who had not had a hysterectomy dropped from 88 percent in 2000 to 83 percent in 2015. The rate of breast cancer screenings did not fluctuate, remaining stable at 72 percent.

"Screening for cervical, breast and colorectal cancer is key to preventing cancer or finding cancers at an early stage, when they are most treatable," said Lisa Richardson, MD, director of CDC's Division of Cancer Prevention and Control. "We will continue successful programs that have increased screening rates and will look for new ways to reach people who are not getting recommended cancer screenings."

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