Digital Press Kit: CDC Vital Signs: Colorectal cancer testing needs to increase among adultsCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sent this bulletin at 11/05/2013 01:56 PM EST
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Digital Press Kit
New CDC Vital Signs: Colorectal cancer testing needs to increase among adultsColorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer among men and women in the United States, after lung cancer. About 1 in 3 adults is not getting screened for colorectal cancer as recommended by the U.S. Preventive services Task Force (USPSTF), according to a new Vital Signs report: Colorectal Cancer Screening Test Use - 2012, released today.
Colorectal cancer screening saves lives, but only if people get tested. Adults aged 50 to 75 years should get tested with one or a combination of these screening tests:
- Fecal occult blood test (FOBT) or fecal immunochemical test (FIT) done at home every year,
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy, done every five years, with FOBT/FIT done every three years,
- Colonoscopy done every 10 years.
- Offer all recommended tests options with advice about each test.
- Match patients with the test they are most likely to complete.
- Work with public health officials to get more people tested using patient navigators to help people through procedures like colonoscopy.
- Make it easier for people to get FOBT/ FIT kits in places other than a doctor’s office, like giving them out at flu shot clinics or mailing them to their homes.
CDC provides funding to 25 states and 4 tribes across the United States for five years to increase colorectal cancer screening rates among men and women aged 50 years and older through organized screening methods. Contact a local health department to find out about a colorectal cancer screening near you.