10,000 U.S. Deaths Each Year Are Caused By Failure of Cancer Screening
The U.S. government has released a report that at least 10,000 Americans die every year after failing to get proper cancer screening. The most common types of cancer that Americans fail to be screened for are breast cancer and colon cancer.
On a positive note, Reuters says that overall, more people in the United States are being screened for cancer than ever before, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Protection.
The increase in cancer screenings is encouraging; however, there remains the fact that thousands of people will not get early cancer screening and will die from cancers that could be treated if caught early. Lack of health insurance and public awareness both may contribute to a person forgoing proper cancer screening.
Screening for colon cancer has increased from 52% in 2002 to 63% in 2008. The recommended age for colon cancer screening is 50. If there is a history of colon cancer in the family, the recommended age is 40.
In another report it was shown that there was no significant increase in the number of women getting screened for breast cancer, though the number remains at 81%.
There are more than 22 million people in the United States who have not undergone colon cancer screening and around 7 million women who have not had a mammogram who otherwise should have those screenings.
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