Prevention strategies and screening tests could help cut the number of deaths in the United States from colorectal cancer — if people took full advantage of them.
As it is, only 65 percent of the adults who should be screened actually are, a government survey found. And even with many screening and prevention strategies, colorectal cancer remains the country’s second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths for both men and women. (Lung cancer is the first.)
A survey of 3,357 men and women published in 2010 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that the top three reasons for not getting screened for colorectal cancer were the failure of a health-care professional to suggest testing, a lack of awareness by patients about whether they should be screened and a belief that testing is too costly. (Under the 2010 health-care overhaul law, Medicare and new private insurance plans are required to cover most types of colorectal cancer screening with no co-payments or deductibles.)