Colon Cancer Screenings Still Too Low

September 18, 2009

HealthDay News

Despite highly publicized education campaigns and widespread agreement about the importance of colorectal cancer screening, only 61 percent of Americans who should be screened to do so. Rates for minorities, the uninsured and other vulnerable groups are lower still, with only 22 percent of lower-income people served by a "safety net" health system in Texas being screened. Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH, professor of Medicine and of Nursing, comments in a HealthDay News service article, which was posted by US News & World Report. She says that the study documents some of the barriers to colorectal cancer screening: "The idea that colorectal cancer screening rates are too low is not a new idea, but this is one of the first to document it in a specific population. Access to care clearly has consequences, and any talk of health care reform needs to address proven prevention measures like screening." Read More