CDC Vital Signs: Colorectal Cancer Tests Save LivesCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sent this bulletin at 11/05/2013 01:13 PM EST
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The best test is the test that gets done
About 90% of people live 5 or more years when their colorectal cancer is found early through testing.
1 in 3
About 1 in 3 adults (23 million) between 50 and 75 years old is not getting tested as recommended.
1 in 10
10% of adults who got tested for colorectal cancer used an effective at-home stool test.
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer of men and women in the United States, following lung cancer. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends three colorectal cancer screening tests that are effective at saving lives: colonoscopy, guaiac fecal occult blood test or fecal immunochemical test, and sigmoidoscopy (now seldom done).
Testing saves lives, but only if people get tested. Studies show that people who are able to pick the test they prefer are more likely to actually get the test done. Increasing the use of all recommended colorectal cancer tests can save more lives and is cost-effective.
Read CDC's new Vital Signs report: Colorectal Cancer Tests Save Lives.