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Cancer

08 July 2010

Breast, Colon Cancer Screening Rates High, But Not High Enough

CDC says thousands of lives are lost each year because people didn't get the tests

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However, the CDC said that 7 million women who should have had a mammogram recently have gone without the potentially lifesaving screen, and 22 million Americans who should have undergone colon cancer screening have not done so.

  • People with health insurance are more likely to be screened than the uninsured (66 percent to 36 percent, respectively).
  • Colorectal screening varied by state from 74 percent in Massachusetts to 53 percent in Oklahoma.
  • The highest rates of colorectal cancer screening were in the Northeast (74 percent in Maine, Delaware, and Massachusetts).
  • The lowest rates were in the Ccntral and western regions, (Oklahoma 53 percent, Arkansas 53 percent and Idaho 54 percent).
  • Screening rates were low among all racial and ethnic minorities except for blacks.
  • Other factors associated with low screening rates include low income (48 percent) and having less than a high school education (46 percent).

  • The lowest rates of breast cancer screening were among American Indian and Alaska Native women (70 percent).
  • Screening rates were lower among women with less than a high school education (73 percent), and low income women (69 percent).
  • Mammography rates were lowest in the western and southern states of Nevada (72 percent), Mississippi (72 percent), and Idaho (73 percent).
  • More insured women were screened than uninsured women (84 percent versus 56 percent).
  • However, even 16 percent of insured women did not have an up-to-date mammogram.

 

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