Reports From the Field: At-risk patients aren’t being screened for colorectal cancer

Fewer than 52% of people age 50 or older are being screened for colorectal cancer, according to a survey by the Cancer Research Foundation of America.

The survey also found that 90% of people who were told by their health care provider to get a colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy to screen for pre-cancerous polyps were likely to follow the recommendation.

People older than 50 and those with a family history of the disease are at highest risk. Up to 90% of people can be cured if the disease is discovered early, according to the foundation.

More information on colorectal cancer can be found at www.preventcancer.org/colorectal.