A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that cancer screening rates in the U.S. fall short of national objectives set by the federal Healthy People 2020 initiative. The survey found that the breast cancer screening rate for women between the ages of 50-74 was 72.4 percent, shy of the 81.1 percent targeted by Healthy People 2020.
The survey also documented ethnic disparities in screening rates; Asians were significantly less likely than whites and African-Americans to receive screenings for all three conditions, while screening rates for Hispanics lagged behind those of whites and African-Americans for cervical and colorectal cancers.
Among the other findings:
- The screening rate for cervical cancer for women aged 21-65 was 83 percent, short of the 93 percent target. The Healthy People Initiative recommends a screening every two years.
- The screening rate for colorectal cancer for all adults between the ages of 50-75 was 58.6 percent, below the target of 70.5 percent. The initiative calls for a screening every three years.
- Overall, the report found a slight downward trend in the proportion of women who had received an up-to-date screening for cervical cancer, but no change over time in breast cancer screening rates.