The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported recently that nearly 23 million people have not been properly screened for colorectal cancer. This despite a 10 year rise in screening rates. Currently, recommendations are for everyone between the ages of 50 and 75 be screened (45 for African Americans); but sadly, only about 65 percent of those eligible to be screened have been.
Since Colon cancer is the second most common cancer in America and, if caught early, one of the most curable, it is hard to say why people still refuse to be screened. It may be embarrassment or fear of the prep required, but neither is a suitable reason to risk the development of colon cancer.