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QuickStats: Colorectal Cancer Screening* Among Adults Aged 50–75 Years, by Race/Ethnicity — National Health Interview Survey,§ United States, 2000–2015


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The figure above is a line chart showing that during 2000–2015, among adults aged 50–75 years, the use of colorectal cancer tests or procedures increased for all racial/ethnic groups included in the analysis. Colorectal screening percentages more than doubled for non-Hispanic black, Hispanic, and non-Hispanic Asian adults during that period. Despite these increases, in 2015, the prevalence of colorectal cancer screening was higher among non-Hispanic white (65.6%) adults than among non-Hispanic black (60.3%), non-Hispanic Asian (52.1%), and Hispanic (47.4%) adults.

* Includes reports of home fecal occult blood test (FOBT) in the past year, sigmoidoscopy procedure in the past 5 years with FOBT in the past 3 years, or colonoscopy in the past 10 years, consistent with the 2008 guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). Colorectal cancer tests and procedures are performed for diagnostic and screening purposes.

Persons who are of Hispanic ethnicity might be of any race.

§ Estimates are based on household interviews of a sample of the civilian, noninstitutionalized population. Questions about colorectal tests or procedures differed slightly on the National Health Interview Survey and were asked on an intermittent schedule in 2000, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2013, and 2015. Estimates of colorectal cancer screening are presented for adults aged 50–75 years who reported any colorectal test or procedure.

During 2000–2015, among adults aged 50–75 years, the use of colorectal cancer tests or procedures increased for all racial/ ethnic groups included in the analysis. Colorectal screening percentages more than doubled for non-Hispanic black, Hispanic, and non-Hispanic Asian adults during that period. Despite these increases, in 2015, the prevalence of colorectal cancer screening was higher among non-Hispanic white (65.6%) adults than among non-Hispanic black (60.3%), non-Hispanic Asian (52.1%), and Hispanic (47.4%) adults.

Source: Health, United States, 2015. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/hus.htm.


Reported by: Hashini S. Khajuria, hwq6@cdc.gov, 301-458-4253; Mary Ann Bush.

Suggested citation for this article: QuickStats: Colorectal Cancer Screening Among Adults Aged 50–75 Years, by Race/Ethnicity — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2000–2015. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2016;65:1042. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6538a6.

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