February 22, 2019
doctor in office
Wellness Tip

Colon Screening Can Save Your Life

by Berkeley Wellness  

Since 1976, screening has prevented as many as 550,000 cases of colorectal cancer in the U.S., according to a new Yale study in the journal Cancer.

We could be doing better, however, since one-third of Americans ages 50 to 75 still have not been screened as recommended. That means 23 million have not had a colonoscopy in the past 10 years, a sigmoidoscopy in 5 years, or a stool test in the last year. Screening rates have increased over the years, but the rate of improvement has been leveling off.

African Americans and other underserved minority groups have lower screening rates for colorectal cancer (and other cancers), which helps explain their higher mortality rates.