ATLANTA (AP) - Health officials say more older Americans are
getting tested for colon cancer, with nearly two out of three
getting recommended screenings. Meanwhile, breast cancer screening
rates remain stuck on a higher plateau.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released
Tuesday comes from a 2008 national telephone survey. It's the most
recent government data on how many people get checked for two kinds
Close to two-thirds of adults over 50 say they've been tested
for colon cancer, up from about half in 2002.
About eight of 10 women say they'd had a mammogram in the
previous two years, as experts recommend. The rate has been about
the same since 2000.