Early Cancer Detection is Key

That’s the conclusion of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a new report. The CDC said almost one-half of colorectal cancers and cervical cancers and one-third of breast cancers in the U.S. are detected at a late stage, despite the fact that screening tests are widely available. Rates of late-stage colorectal cancer increase with age and are highest among black men and women. Women ages 70 to 79 and black women were most likely to have breast cancer detected at a late stage. Rates of late-stage cervical cancer were highest among women ages 50 to 79 and Hispanic women. Indiana was not among the top 10 states listed for high rates of late-stage colorectal, breast or cervical cancers.