Cancer Screenings More Common

Health Wire, Ticker

A recent study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute shows that more Americans are undergoing cancer screenings. Age and socioeconomic factors have a considerable impact on screening rates, according to researchers. Older individuals are more likely to get screened for colorectal cancers, while younger Americans are screened more often for breast and cervical cancer. Those with higher education levels were more likely to be screened for all three cancers. Knowing about the risk factors for cancer also influences whether someone chooses to get screened. Usage for all cancer screening tests has risen since 1987. Mammography has seen the biggest usage jumps–between 1987 and 1998, the percentage of women receiving mammograms soared from 17% to 67%.

P.S. Researchers continue to study newer tests such as prostate cancer tests and genetic testing.