Americans getting screened for cancers down
Jan 27, 2012
A new report found that the number Americans who are going for cancer screenings, including colon, breast and cervical, is not reaching the national targets, according to USA Today.
Doctors urge Americans to reverse this trend, as screenings can truly save lives in many situations and it is important that individuals ensure that they are healthy, the media outlet reports. However, the doctors also recognize that screening may lead to over-treatment.
"With screening comes that risk," Dr. Stephanie Bernik told the news source. "Unfortunately, we are not at a point where we can select the patients that are not going to have a problem, so we treat everyone equally. So, there is a little bit of over-treatment but, overall, you are improving survival for many people."
According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women in the U.S will eventually be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during their lifetime. Not only is it the second most common form of cancer among women behind skin cancer, but it is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women, following only lung cancer.