Between 2003 and 2007, there were 32,000 fewer deaths from colorectal cancer in the United States. At least half of the drop was due to improved colorectal cancer screening rates according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In addition, to fewer deaths, 66,000 people didn’t get colorectal cancer at all during the same four years.
The good news is that the percentage of Americans who are up-to-date with colorectal cancer screening is rising steadily. About two-thirds now report an FOBT in the last year or a colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy in the past 10 years.
The bad news is that 1 out of 3 people aged 50 to 75 hasn’t been screened. Read the rest of this entry »