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Cancer Screening Rates In U.S Declined In The Last Decade

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By Andrew Reed

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV/KTWT-TV) Doctors around the country and in the magic valley are seeing a decrease in patient cancer screenings.

"In Idaho we have lagged behind other states we are 50th or 49th every year for breast cancer screenings which has been something we worked on for the past seven or eight years. But, cancer screening test have been used less lately” said Dr. Banu Symington, St. Luke’s Magic Valley.

Scientists from the University of Miami Miller School of medicine discovered when it comes to government recommendations, screenings are down for all cancers.

"Colon cancer is a big issue because we all acknowledge that colon cancer is a successful screen. But colon cancer screening with a colonoscopy is 15-hundred at the lowest price and that's a lot of money for a patient to pay out of pocket” said Dr. Symington.

Researchers also found the decline to be ongoing because of screening guidelines and the drop in insurance rates.

American cancer society statistics show more than a million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with cancer every year.

A screening that can save lives and a motto doctors live by - prevention first.

Doctors encourage the average risk patient to begin receiving screenings at the age of fifty.


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