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Healthy Lifestyle Choices Could Cut Cancer Rates: Report
Date:4/19/2012

series increased from 25 percent in 2007 to nearly 49 percent in 2010, and about one-third of those girls got all of the three doses required for full coverage. The vaccine protects against the two strains of the virus that cause 70 percent of all cervical cancers.

However, the use of mammograms has not increased since 2000. In 2010, 66.5 percent of women aged 40 and older had a mammogram in the past year. Women without health insurance had the lowest use of mammograms, at 31.5 percent.

And colon cancer screening rates present a mixed picture. In 2010, 59 percent of adults aged 50 and older were screened for colon cancer, but screening rates remain much lower among uninsured and poorer people. Currently, only 28 states and the District of Columbia have passed legislation ensuring coverage for colon cancer screening, the report noted.

Schnabel noted that any efforts to increase overall screening rates would make a difference in cancer death rates.

"There are effective methods to screen for cervical cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer," Schnabel noted. "More widespread uptake of these screening strategies could alter the outcomes for these cancers in a very significant way."

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The U.S. National Cancer Institute has more about cancer prevention.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCES: Freya Schnabel, M.D., director, breast surgery, NYU Clinical Cancer Center, New York City; American Cancer Society, news release, April 19, 2012


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