US cancer screening rates decline over the last 10 years, finds new study

by Academy of Clinical Excellence on January 2, 2013

Dr. Scott Wright Almost 600,000 Americans die of cancer each year. 

Cancer screening rates for colorectal, breast, cervical, and prostate cancers have fallen in the last decade according to a recent study.

Please see Press Release from the study recently published in Frontiers in Cancer Epidemiology; http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-12/f-ucs122112.php

If this is going to improve, it will be critically important for patients to know information about risks and benefits of screening. Although there are many ways to achieve this end, meaningful discussions between patients and the physicians that they know and trust may be at the heart of the solution.

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