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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
January 1, 2014

Too Many US Adults Still Pass Up Colorectal Cancer Screening

JAMA. 2014;311(1):20. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.284165

Despite recent increases in colorectal cancer screening, a substantial number of US adults haven’t been screened with any of the recommended methods.

Data from the 2012 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, an annual national telephone survey, show that 65.1% of adults aged 50 to 75 years were up-to-date with screening. Another 7.2% had been screened but weren’t up-to-date, and 27.7% said they had never been screened. Previous studies had shown that the percentage of adults who were current with colorectal cancer screening recommendations had increased from 54% in 2002 to 65% in 2010.

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