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.