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UNITED STATES: CDC: Cancer Screening Rates Fall Short of Goals
Katherine Hobson
January 27, 2012
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 (2012;61(3):41-45).