Preventing Chronic Diseases: Investing Wisely in Health Screening to Prevent Cancer Deaths

from colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer screening can find pre- cancerous polyps so they can be removed and prevent cancer from developing. …

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Preventing Chronic Diseases: Investing Wisely in Health Screening to Prevent Cancer Deaths
Screening to Prevent, Cancer Deaths, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, AND HUMAN SERVICES, The Reality, The Cost of Cancer, Cancer Screening Saves Lives, Cancer Facts, United States, 2004*, Percentage of Adults Aged 50 Years or Older who, Reported Receiving a Fecal Occult Blood Test Within, the Past Year and/or a Lower Endoscopy in the, Preceeding 10 Years, by State, 2006, Percent of respondents tested, Cancer Screening: A Good Investment, State Program in Action, State and Tribal Programs Collaborating, for Greater Success, South Dakota, Effective Strategies, Colorectal Cancer Screening, Demonstration Program, Hope for the Future.
Early detection could substantially reduce the billions of dollars spent on cancer treatment each year. Not only does cancer screening save lives by detecting breast, cervical, and colorectal cancers early; it also is the first step in preventing many colorectal and cervical cancers from ever developing: * Routine screening can reduce the number of people who die from colorectal cancer by at least 60%. * A mammogram performed every 1-2 years for women aged 40 years and over can reduce mortality by approximately 20%-25% during a 10-year period. * Pap tests can detect precancerous lesions so they can be treated before cervical cancer develops. Researchers in many countries found that rates of cervical cancer death dropped by 20%-60% after screening programs began.
Percentage of Adults Aged 50 Years or Older who Reported Receiving a Fecal Occult Blood Test Within the Past Year and/or a Lower Endoscopy in the Preceeding 10 Years, by State, 2006

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