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CDC: More Cancer Screenings Needed to Save Lives

Colon Cancer Screenings and Mammograms on the Rise, but There's Room for Improvement

'Katie Couric Effect' continued...

The report also breaks down the most recent data for breast cancer screening:

  • 81% of women 50-74 said they had had a mammogram within the past two years.
  • American Indian and Alaska Native women had the lowest prevalence for mammography screening at 70%.
  • Women with less than a high school education and women with low income had lower prevalence of screening.
  • Nevada and Mississippi, at 72%, had the lowest mammography screening prevalence, with Idaho slightly better at 73%.
  • Insured women had a 28% higher screening prevalence than uninsured women, 84% vs. 56%. Among women with health insurance, 16% were not up-to-date with mammograms.

Other findings include:

  • Doctors' recommendations for screenings are an important but underused motivator.
  • The health care reform bill is likely to reduce financial barriers to screening by eliminating cost sharing and expanding insurance coverage.
  • In 2006, more than 139,000 new cases of colorectal cancer were diagnosed and more than 53,000 people died from the disease.
  • In 2006, more than 191,000 women were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer, and more than 40,000 died from the disease. 

With reporting from WebMD Senior Writer Daniel DeNoon.

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