Health Shorts: Women tend to avoid colon screening

January 22, 2009

Even women who are conscientious about screening for breast and cervical cancer tend to avoid colon cancer screening. Of 3,386 women surveyed for the New York Cancer Project, 87.8 percent said they adhered to breast and cervical screening recommendations, but only 42.1 percent had received colon cancer screening with colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy.

For more information regarding colon cancer screening, please visit Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Health Information Library online.

[SOURCE: R. Guerrero-Preston, et al, “Previous cancer screening behavior as predictor of endoscopic colon cancer screening among women aged 50 and over, in NYC, 2002,” Journal of Community Health, 2008;33(1):10-21]

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