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Cancer

25 November 2010

Many preventable cancers caught at late stage

Nearly half of preventable cancers are diagnosed in the late stages, even though screening tests are available to detect them early on, a report said.

Nearly half of colorectal and cervical cancers and a third of breast cancers are diagnosed in the late stages, even though screening tests are available to detect them early on, a report by US health officials said.

Researchers at the CDC studied rates of breast, cervical and colorectal cancer by stage and demographic characteristics in different US states. They also used national data on new cancer cases collected through different registries at the CDC.

 

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