Colorectal screening rates are still low. A new study looked at surveys of 13,480 adults aged 50 and older and they found that only 50% had been screened for colon cancer in 2005. That was an improvement from 43% in 2000, but the authors say the rate needs to increase even more because screening tests have been proven to reduce deaths from the disease. One of the factors involved may be health insurance coverage. Of those who are uninsured, only 24.1% were screened compared with more than 50% of the insured. Other factors that influence the screening rate are education, income, and frequency of physician contract. The bottom line is this...we strongly recommend colonoscopy as a screening tool. We know it's embarrassing; we know you're afraid of it, but the bottom line is it's a lot easier to deal with than colon cancer.
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