Millions missing out on colon cancer screening

February 16, 2010

The Washington Post

WASHINGTON -- Nearly half the people who need potentially lifesaving checks for the nation's No. 2 cancer killer - colorectal cancer - miss them, despite years of public efforts to make colon screening as widespread as tests for breast and prostate cancer.

But what if you opened your mailbox one day to find an at-home test kit, no doctor's appointment needed?

The dreaded colonoscopy may get the most attention but a cheap, old-fashioned stool test works, too - and when California health care giant Kaiser Permanente started mailing those tests to patients due for a colon check, its screening rates jumped well above the national average... read more