More Screening Could Cut Annual Colon Cancer Deaths by 21,000: Study

March 12, 2015 4:00 PM

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THURSDAY, March 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Boosting older adults' colon cancer screening rates to 80 percent by 2018 would lead to 21,000 fewer deaths from the cancer each year in the United States by 2030, a new study suggests.

Colon cancer is a leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Yet in 2013, only 58 percent of American adults aged 50 to 75 underwent recommended screening for it, the study authors said.

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