New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveal that many adults in the United States are not getting the recommended screening tests for breast, colorectal, and cervical cancers.
The analysis found that:
- One in five women ages 21 to 65 reported not being up-to-date with cervical cancer screening.
- Nearly one in four women ages 50 to 74 say they are missing out on recommended mammograms, which can detect breast cancer.
- Two in five adults ages 50 to 75 reported not following clinical recommendations for colorectal cancer screening.
One such group is the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), an independent body that thoroughly and systematically examines the medical evidence and periodically produces screening recommendations to help clinicians determine which screening tests to perform, when, to whom, and how frequently.