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Colorectal Cancer Screening

This HEDIS Measure 

Assesses adults 50–75 years of age who had appropriate screening for colorectal cancer with any of the following tests: annual fecal occult blood test; flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years; or colonoscopy every ten years.

So What?

Treatment for colorectal cancer in its earliest stage can lead to a 65 percent survival rate after five years.1,2 However, screening rates for colorectal cancer lag behind other cancer screening rates—only about half of people age 50 or older, for whom screening is recommended, have been screened.1,2 Colorectal cancer screening in asymptomatic adults between the ages of 50 and 75 can catch polyps before they become cancerous or detect colorectal cancer in its early stages, when treatment is most effective.

References

  1. American Cancer Society. 2014. “Colorectal Cancer Facts & Figures 2014-2016.” http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/content/documents/document/acspc-042280.pdf
  2. American Cancer Society. 2014. “Colorectal Cancer Early Detection.” http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/cid/documents/webcontent/003170-pdf.pdf
tables
Colorectal Cancer Screening Rate
  Commercial Medicaid Medicare
Year HMO PPO HMO HMO PPO
2015 62.8 57.1 67.4 66.7
2014 64.3 57.7 66.5 62.9
2013 63.3 56.6 64.3 60.8
2012 63.3 55.8 62.1 58.4
2011 62.4 54.6 60.0 55.2
2010 62.6 47.6 57.6 41.0
2009 60.7 47.0 54.9 40.1
2008 58.6 45.3 53.1 41.8
2007 55.6 42.5 50.4 39.5
2006 54.5 42.1 53.3 47.1
2005 52.3 43.4 54.0 49.7
2004 49.0 52.6