72% of Americans would delay getting a colonoscopy — 4 more insights

The majority of Americans would avoid or delay getting a colonoscopy for one reason or another, a survey from Merck Manuals revealed.

The Harris Poll surveyed more than 2,000 U.S. adults on Merck's behalf in October.

Four insights into why Americans would delay a colonoscopy:

  • 34 percent didn't have symptoms that concerned them
  • 33 percent said the preparation process was unpleasant
  • 30 percent said they didn't have a family history of colon cancer
  • 30 percent thought they were too young to get screened

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