American Cancer Society guidelines for the early detection of cancer, 2004

CA Cancer J Clin. 2004 Jan-Feb;54(1):41-52. doi: 10.3322/canjclin.54.1.41.


Each January, the American Cancer Society (ACS) publishes a summary of its recommendations for early cancer detection, including updates, emerging issues that are relevant to screening for cancer, or both. In the spring of 2003, the ACS announced updated guidelines for breast cancer screening, and several other organizations released updated guidelines that we compare with recent ACS updates. Finally, the most recent data pertaining to participation rates in cancer screening are presented by age and sex from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, as are U.S. maps profiling states based on the proportion of the age-eligible population not recently screened for breast cancer or colorectal cancer.

Publication types

  • Guideline
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Health Promotion / standards
  • Health Promotion / trends
  • Humans
  • Mass Screening / standards*
  • Mass Screening / trends
  • Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Neoplasms / epidemiology
  • Risk Factors
  • Time Factors
  • United States / epidemiology