Study: More Screenings Linked to Fewer Colon Cancer Deaths

A new American Cancer Society study has linked higher numbers of colon cancer screenings to lower colon cancer death rates, according to an ACS release.


The study, in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, mirrors results from a recent CDC report. Both studies showed lower colon cancer death rates in states with higher screening rates.


The ACS study found that northeastern states tended to have higher rates of colorectal screening and larger decreases in colorectal cancer death rates, while the reverse was true in the South. The study also reported that total U.S. death rates for colorectal cancer decreased by 3 percent per year from 2003-2007, compared with less than 2 percent per year before then.

Read the American Cancer Society release on colon cancer.


Related Articles on Colon Cancer Screening:

CDC: Colon Cancer Rates Down, Especially in States with More Screening

Studies Back Screening Colonoscopy for Unscreened Elderly Patients

Poll Finds Low Follow-up Screening Rates for Colon Cancer


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