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HHS HealthBeat (February 22, 2012)

Screening, early and often

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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Nicholas Garlow with HHS HealthBeat.

If you screen regularly for certain cancers, doctors will be able to better detect and treat cancer.  But many people don't get the screenings, according to new data from the National Health Interview Survey.

Mary White is at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Not all Americans are getting the recommended cancer screenings for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer.” (6 seconds)

Depending on your gender and age, the recommendations can be different. For instance:

“Most women aged 50 to 74 years should be screened for breast cancer with a mammogram every two years, and women aged 21 to 65 years should be screened for cervical cancer with a pap test at least every three years.” (14 seconds)

The study is in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Nicholas Garlow.

Last revised: February 22, 2012