One In Three Adults In US Skips Colon Cancer Screening Follow-Ups

WebMD (6/24, Warner) reported that one in three “adults who have been screened for colon cancer fail to follow up with repeat screenings as recommended, according to a new survey.” Researchers found that “33% of US adults between the ages of 60 and 70 years old have only been screened once for colon cancer; 31% of adults over age 50 have never been screened at all. ‘The survey suggests that people are not being screened at a rate of frequency that reflects adherence to medical guidelines for colon cancer testing,'” says Andrew Spiegel, CEO of the Colon Cancer Alliance, which “co-sponsored the survey with Quest Diagnostics,” in a news release. Notably, the CDC “says 60% of colon cancer deaths could be prevented if people followed guidelines” for routine screening.