Cancer screening in the United States, 2015: a review of current American cancer society guidelines and current issues in cancer screening

CA Cancer J Clin. Jan-Feb 2015;65(1):30-54. doi: 10.3322/caac.21261. Epub 2015 Jan 8.


Each year, the American Cancer Society (ACS) publishes a summary of its guidelines for early cancer detection along with a report on data and trends in cancer screening rates and select issues related to cancer screening. In this issue of the journal, we summarize current ACS cancer screening guidelines. The latest data on utilization of cancer screening from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) also is described, as are several issues related to screening coverage under the Affordable Care Act, including the expansion of the Medicaid program.

Keywords: Papanicolaou test; breast radiography; colonoscopy; mass screening; mortality; neoplasms; practice guidelines; prevention and control; prostate-specific antigen test; stool test.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • American Cancer Society*
  • Breast Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Early Detection of Cancer / standards*
  • Endometrial Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic*
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • United States
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Young Adult