In the United States, the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths is colorectal cancer, and this broadcast discusses the importance of the population at greatest risk, adults over age 50 years, having regular screening tests. Created: 3/14/2008 by MMWR.
Date Released: 3/27/2008. Series Name: A Minute of Health with CDC.
A MINUTE OF HEALTH WITH CDC
Don’t Pass on this Test
Use of Colorectal Cancer Tests — United States, 2002, 2004, and 2006
March 27, 2008
This program is presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC — safer, healthier
Colonoscopy. It’s often the subject of jokes. But this life-saving procedure is no laughing
matter. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the
United States. A recent CDC study indicated that, in 2004, nearly 150,000 Americans
were diagnosed with colon cancer and over 53,000 died. But like most cancers, colorectal
cancer is most treatable if caught early. Adults over the age of 50 are at highest risk. If
you’re in this risk group, contact your doctor to schedule a screening test, and while
you’re at it, call a friend and recommend they do the same.
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