Study Finds Older Americans Not Getting Screened For Colorectal Cancer

Although colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., a new study finds many older Americans are not getting screened.

Early detection of colorectal cancer can often lead to a cure, and screenings are recommended for adults over the age of 50. But researchers found only 25-percent of Medicare patients are being screened, even though the procedure is covered.

Those most likely to be screened were young, Caucasian men with a higher income and educational level.

Researchers say more needs to be done to make older Americans aware of the benefits of these screenings.

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