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Recent studies confirm significant underuse of colorectal cancer screening
Date:12/17/2007

se aged 50 to 64, 57.5 percent reported never having had a screening colonoscopy, compared to 39.4 percent of those aged 65 and older. Among those 65 and older, 41.6 percent of women versus 36.4 percent of men reported never having had a screening colonoscopy.

The ASGE notes that some reasons for low colorectal cancer screening rates include:

  • Lack of public awareness about colorectal cancer and the benefits of regular screening
  • Inconsistent recommendations for screening by medical care providers
  • Uncertainty among healthcare providers and consumers about insurance benefits
  • Concern about painful or embarrassing screening tests
  • Hesitance to discuss "the disease down there"

The ASGE encourages all people aged 50 or older, and those with risk factors for colorectal cancer, to talk to their physician about getting screened for colorectal cancer.


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Contact: Anne Brownsey
abrownsey@asge.org
630-570-5635
American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
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