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QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged 50–75 Years Who Received Colorectal Cancer Screening,* by Family Income Level† — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2010§

The figure shows the percentage of adults aged 50-75 years who received  colorectal cancer screening, by family income level in the United States, during 2010. In 2010, the percentage of adults aged 50-75 years who received colorectal cancer screening as recommended by the most recent guidelines increased as income increased. Persons with family incomes 600% or more of the federal poverty level were nearly twice as likely (72.9%) to get a colorectal cancer screening than those with family incomes below the federal poverty level (38.7%) and were the only group to meet the Healthy People 2020 target of 70.5%.

* Based on survey questions that asked respondents when they last had a blood stool test, sigmoidoscopy, or colonoscopy. "Unknowns" were not included in the denominators when calculating percentages. The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recommends screening for colorectal cancer using fecal occult blood testing annually, sigmoidoscopy every 5 years with fecal occult blood testing every 3 years, or colonoscopy every 10 years for persons aged 50–75 years.

Based on a U.S. Census Bureau definition of federal poverty level that includes information on family income, size, and composition.

§ Estimates were based on household interviews of a sample of the U.S. civilian, noninstitutionalized population. Denominators for each category excluded persons for whom data were missing. Estimates were age adjusted to year 2000 U.S. Census Bureau estimates using age groups: 50–64 years and 65–75 years.

95% confidence interval.

In 2010, the percentage of adults aged 50–75 years who received colorectal cancer screening as recommended by the most recent guidelines increased as income increased. Persons with family incomes 600% or more of the federal poverty level were nearly twice as likely (72.9%) to get a colorectal cancer screening than those with family incomes below the federal poverty level (38.7%) and were the only group to meet the Healthy People 2020 target of 70.5%.

Sources: National Health Interview Survey, 2010 Cancer Control Module. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm.

US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Healthy people 2020. Washington, DC: US Department of Health and Human Services; 2012. Available at http://www.healthypeople.gov.

Reported by: David T. Huang, PhD, dhuang@cdc.gov, 301-458-4213; Deepthi Kandi.

Alternate Text: The figure above shows the percentage of adults aged 50-75 years who received colorectal cancer screening, by family income level in the United States, during 2010. In 2010, the percentage of adults aged 50-75 years who received colorectal cancer screening as recommended by the most recent guidelines increased as income increased. Persons with family incomes 600% or more of the federal poverty level were nearly twice as likely (72.9%) to get a colorectal cancer screening than those with family incomes below the federal poverty level (38.7%) and were the only group to meet the Healthy People 2020 target of 70.5%.


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