Cancer screening in the United States, 2008: a review of current American Cancer Society guidelines and cancer screening issues

CA Cancer J Clin. May-Jun 2008;58(3):161-79. doi: 10.3322/CA.2007.0017. Epub 2008 Apr 28.


Each year the American Cancer Society (ACS) publishes a summary of its recommendations for early cancer detection and a summary of the most current data on cancer screening rates and trends in US adults. In 2007, the ACS updated its colorectal cancer screening guidelines in a collaborative effort with the US Multi-Society Task Force and the American College of Radiology. In this issue of the journal, we summarize the current ACS guidelines, provide an update of the most recent data pertaining to participation rates in cancer screening from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System and the National Health Interview Survey, and address some issues related to access to care.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • American Cancer Society*
  • Humans
  • Mass Screening / standards*
  • Mass Screening / trends*
  • Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Neoplasms / prevention & control*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic*
  • United States / epidemiology