Wall Street Journal (01.26.12) - Friday, January 27, 2012
New CDC statistics show not enough Americans are following the
US Preventive Services Task Force's recommendations for
undergoing regular tests for breast, cervical, and colorectal
cancer. In 2010, the breast cancer screening rate was 72.4
percent; the government's "Healthy People 2020" target was
81.1 percent. The cervical cancer screening rate was 83
percent; the target was 93 percent. The colorectal cancer
screening rate was 58.6 percent; the target was 70.5 percent.
The report says breast cancer screening rates held relatively
steady over time; "a slight downward trend" was noted for
cervical cancer screening rates; and colorectal cancer
screening rates "increased markedly." Screening for all three
cancers was more common among whites and blacks than Asians.
The full report, "Cancer Screening - United States, 2010," was
published in CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report