Colorectal Cancer Screening (COL)

Assesses adults 50–75 who had appropriate screening for colorectal cancer with any of the following tests: annual fecal occult blood test, flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years, colonoscopy every 10 years, computed tomography colonography every 5 years, stool DNA test every 3 years.

Why It Matters

Treatment for colorectal cancer in its earliest stage can lead to a 90 percent survival rate after five years. However, more than a third of adults 50–75 do not get recommended screenings.1 Colorectal cancer screening of asymptomatic adults in that age group can catch polyps before they become cancerous or detect colorectal cancer in its early stages, when treatment is most effective.

Results

Colorectal Cancer Screening Rate
CommercialMedicaidMedicare
YearHMOPPOHMOHMOPPO
201763.059.3____69.671.7
201662.058.3____67.169.8
201562.857.1____67.466.7
201464.357.7____66.562.9
201363.356.6____64.360.8
201263.355.8____62.158.4
201162.454.6____60.055.2
201062.647.6____57.641.0
200960.747.0____54.940.1
200858.645.3____53.141.8
200755.642.5____50.439.5
200654.542.1____53.347.1
200552.343.4____54.049.7
200449.0______52.6__

References

  1. American Cancer Society. 2017. “Colorectal Cancer Facts & Figures 2017-2019.” https://www.cancer.org/content/dam/cancer-org/research/cancer-facts-and-statistics/colorectal-cancer-facts-and-figures/colorectal-cancer-facts-and-figures-2017-2019.pdf

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