Colon cancer decreasing steeply in older Americans
According to a report released by the American Cancer Society as a part of new initiative by the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable it has been found that Colon cancer cases rates have hugely dropped by 30 percent in U.S. from the last 10 years in adults 50 and older. This is the result of widespread colonoscopy. The largest decrease has been registered with the people over the age 65. Further it has been found that Colonoscopy usage has been tripled among the adults of ages 50 to 75. It has increased from 19 percent in 2000 to good 55 percent in the year 2010.
Richard C. Wender, M.D., the American Cancer Society chief cancer control officer explains, “These continuing drops in incidence and mortality show the lifesaving potential of colon cancer screening; a potential that an estimated 23 million Americans between ages 50 and 75 are not benefiting from because they are not up to date on screening. Sustaining this hopeful trend will require concrete efforts to make sure all patients, particularly those who are economically disenfranchised, have access to screening and to the best care available."