By Deepthi Nishi Velamuri
Colorectal cancer (CRC) remains a serious health issue in the U.S. It is the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths in both men and women, and it is the third most frequently diagnosed cancer. An average of 50,000 Americans die from CRC each year. However, CRC is quite treatable if diagnosed early through routine screenings for average- and high-risk adults. The incidence and mortality rates associated with this disease are being reduced through public health initiatives, such as awareness campaigns and improving access to screenings. To prevent and identify CRC in its earliest stages, people must fully comprehend the risk factors, symptoms, and significance of regular screening.
The studies in the infographic below were presented at Digestive Disease Week 2023 and were focused on understanding the factors that impact screening rates for CRC in the U.S. The researchers delved into various aspects such as patient education, healthcare policies, socioeconomic disparities, and the effectiveness of screening methods and aimed to enhance screening efforts, raise awareness, and develop targeted interventions to increase screening rates.