Due to insurance gaps and confusing guidelines the rates of cancer screening in the U.S. are dropping, says a new study just completed. The amount of people in the U.S. seeking screenings for cancer has dropped in the last decade.
Due to a lack of an agreement between groups, that set the screening recommendations along with an increasing number of people uninsured might be creating the decline in the rates of cancer screening, said researchers.
Screening tests that are common include mammograms, Pap test, colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy and specific antigen blood tests. Researchers said that people in the U.S. have to increase preventative healthcare, especially for cancer, where detecting the disease early can determine the difference from someone surviving or possibly dying.
A large portion of the general population in the U.S. remains at risk of cancer diagnoses that are late stage, said researchers. Adhering to recommendations of screening of can help improved the prognosis and allow for increased options of treatment for those who have been diagnosed.
The research team, in an attempt to see if guidelines for screenings were being followed, analyzed cancer screening of 175,000 Americans who had taken part in a health survey from 1997 to 2010.
In specific, they looked at rates of cancer screening for breast, colorectal, prostate and cervical cancers comparing them in the general public to all of cancer survivors plus another group of 7,500 cancer survivors.
They found the majority of Americans did not meet the recommended rates of cancer screenings for the majority of cancers, with the exception being 54% for colorectal screening.