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Medical News & Perspectives
February 13, 2008

Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates Still Fall Far Short of Recommended Levels

JAMA. 2008;299(6):622. doi:10.1001/jama.299.6.622

While recommendations call for adults aged 50 years or older to receive colorectal cancer screening, far too many still do not undergo the potentially life-saving procedure.

Studies of the US population published late last year found that between 1998 and 2004, only 1 in 4 Medicare beneficiaries were screened, and that as of 2005, half of people aged 50 years or older had never had a screening colonoscopy, considered the gold standard of the screening modalities.