Prevalence of colorectal cancer screening among adults--Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, United States, 2010

MMWR Suppl. 2012 Jun 15;61(2):51-6.


Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death. In 2007 (the most recent year for which data are available), >142,000 persons received a diagnosis for colorectal cancer and >53,000 persons died. Screening for colorectal cancer has been demonstrated to be effective in reducing the incidence of and mortality from the disease. In 2008, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended that persons aged 50-75 years at average risk for colorectal cancer be screened by using one or more of the following methods: high-sensitivity fecal occult blood testing (FOBT) every year, sigmoidoscopy every 5 years with FOBT every 3 years, or colonoscopy every 10 years.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
  • Colonoscopy / statistics & numerical data*
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / epidemiology*
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / ethnology
  • Early Detection of Cancer / statistics & numerical data*
  • Educational Status
  • Female
  • Guideline Adherence
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Hispanic or Latino / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Occult Blood*
  • Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
  • Prevalence
  • Sigmoidoscopy / statistics & numerical data
  • Social Class
  • United States / epidemiology