CDC Vital Signs offers recent data and calls to action for important public health issues.
November 2013 Vital Signs Issue: Colorectal Cancer Tests Save Lives
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second leading cancer killer of men and women in the US, following lung cancer. The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends three CRC screening tests that are effective at saving lives: colonoscopy, guaiac fecal occult blood test (FOBT) or fecal immunochemical test (FIT), and sigmoidoscopy (now seldom done).
CDC launched a new program called CDC Vital Signs, which includes an MMWR Early Release, a fact sheet and website, a media release, and a series of announcements via social media tools.
Vital Signs will be released the first Tuesday of every month. Issues include colorectal and breast cancer screening, obesity, alcohol and tobacco use, access to health care, HIV testing, seat belt use, cardiovascular disease, teen pregnancy and healthcare-associated infections, asthma, and foodborne disease.