More Adults Getting Recommended Tests for Colorectal Cancer

Adults are still not getting more breast or cervical cancer tests, according to a report

According to data released by the CDC, more adults are getting recommended screening tests for colorectal cancer, but not for breast or cervical cancers. The data was published in the agency’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

From 2000 to 2015, the percentage of adults who sought colorectal cancer screening for whom it was recommended grew from 33 percent to 62 percent in men and from 35 percent to 63 percent in women.

On the contrary cervical cancer screening decreased from 88 percent to 81 percent in women ages 21 to 65 who had not had a hysterectomy. Breast cancer screening remained the same.

“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 C. Richardson, M.D., M.P.H., 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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