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June 24, 2011 One in three adults who have been screened for colon cancer fail to follow up with repeat screenings as recommended, according to a new survey. adults between the ages of 60 and 70 years old have only been screened once for colon cancer; 31% of adults over age 50 have never been screened at all. The CDC says 60% of colon cancer deaths could be prevented if people followed guidelines for regular screening.
Skip Follow up Colon Cancer ScreeningSurvey Shows About One Third of Americans Aren't Following Guidelines for Repeat ScreeningsWebMD Medical News
The American Cancer Society guidelines recommend men and women at average risk for colon cancer begin colon cancer screening at age 50 and repeat screening on a regular basis. Some of the types of recommended screening tests available, and their frequency, include:
Why People Skip ScreeningsThe telephone survey of 1,304 adults suggests that gaps in colon cancer screening persist despite public education campaigns.
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included friends (23%) and family (31%). The Internet was the source of information for 12% of the respondents.
Other frequently cited reasons for not undergoing colon cancer screening include:
The results show nearly one in three adults over age 50 have never been screened for colon cancer by any method. More than a quarter (28%) of these said their health care provider did not recommend colon cancer screening to them.
40% had been screened once22% had been screened twice12% had been screened three times18% had been screened four or more times by any colon cancer screening method
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Researchers said the survey also suggests that health care providers have the opportunity to educate their patients about the variety of screening options available for colon cancer and their recommended frequency.
Time constraints or being "too busy": 18%Fear: 16%Didn't know screening was necessary: 16%Can't afford health insurance co payment: 15%No health insurance: 10%Modesty or embarrassment: 9%Among those who had been screened, 87% said they had been screened by colonoscopy, which is the preferred screening method. But researchers say fears about unpleasant bowel preparation (laxatives and fasting) were cited by 61% of those who said fear was a reason they had never been screened for colon cancer.
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Colonoscopy: every 10 yearsFlexible sigmoidoscopy or virtual colonoscopy: every five yearsFecal occult blood (FOBT) and fecal immunochemical (FIT) tests: annually
Among adults over age 50 who said they had been screened in the past:
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