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7/6/10

CDC finds a strong number of women aren't being screened by a mammogram

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By Karin McCay| email

Edited by Kristin Beerman | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – The CDC says the number of women over age 40 screened for breast cancer has jumped to four out of five sounds great, but that means there are still roughly seven million women who are not getting checked  by a mammogram.  This comes from a new CDC report that also looked at colon cancer screening and it says that screening effort has jumped dramatically, up 11% in the past six years. So, the experts say we're making progress, but that every adult over age 50 should be screened for colon cancer.

"If you get it before it's even a cancer, you can remove that polyp and not have to deal with a full blown cancer diagnosis and all the treatments that go along with that," said Katherine Lee, M.D., a surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic.

The CDC says the take-home message from this study is that more Americans are becoming proactive in trying to prevent cancer, which is the best prescription.  Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death in the U.S. behind lung cancer, while breast cancer continues to be the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women.

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