The number of Americans being screened for colon, breast and cervical cancers still fall below national targets, federal health officials said Thursday.
In 2010, 72.4 percent of women were being screened for breast cancer, below the target of 81 percent, for cervical cancer it was 83 percent of women, while the target is 93 percent, and for colon cancer 58.6 percent of Americans were screened, missing the target of 70.5 percent, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Not all Americans are getting the recommended screening for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer,” said report co-author Mary C. White, branch chief of the CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control. “There continue to be disparities for certain populations.”
The screening rates are particularly low among Asians and Hispanics, according to the report in the Jan. 27 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.