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Colon Cancer Screening Rates Too Low

Posted on Oct 17, 2008

Reuters Health reports that colon cancer screening rates in the US are too low.  Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the US but it doesn't have to be according to Dr. Jean Shapiro of the Centers for Disease Control.  That is becaue if detected early colon cancer can be cured.  Regular screening for colon cancer is recommended for persons 50 and over.  However, only about half of people who responded to a recent survey were getting the proper screening. There is a link between those that have health insurance and screening, as only 24% of those who did not have health insurance had regular screening.  The current recommendations for people 50 and over is to get a Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) yearly, flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years and a colonoscopy every 10 years.

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