July 6, 2011
The Colon Cancer Alliance is Encouraged by New CDC Report Revealing Colon Cancer Screenings Make Positive Difference
Washington, DC - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report showing colon cancer screenings have led to fewer colon cancer cases and deaths. While the Colon Cancer Alliance finds the results encouraging there are still more than 22 million eligible adults (between the ages 50 and 75) who are still not being screened.
“The mission of the Colon Cancer Alliance is to increase screenings and survivorship,” said Andrew Spiegel, CEO of the Colon Cancer Alliance. “We have made great progress over the years to increase awareness of the importance of screening but realize we have a long way to go in helping people overcome the stigma and embarrassment of talking about this highly preventable disease. We will continue working around the clock to ensure that every American understands that a simple screening can save their life!”
Recently, the Colon Cancer Alliance and Quest Diagnostics (NYSE: DGX) released findings from a joint study conducted to gauge awareness of colon cancer screening. The study mirrored much of the CDC’s findings including the fact that screening rates have increased. However, the CDC indicates that screenings may be “leveling off.” The Colon Cancer Alliance/Quest study provides insight as to why screenings rates may become stagnant including the fact that healthcare providers didn’t recommend a screening or that fear, time constraints and cost continue to be major impediments to screening.
“One of the most significant screening issues we discovered through our study is that once a person gets screened, they don’t adhere to guidelines calling for periodic testing. It seems that after an initial screening they are lulled into a false sense of security and fail to undergo additional testing. It’s recommended that individuals undergo a colonoscopy every 10 years,” continued Spiegel.