Not Enough Breast Cancer Awareness

Prevention and early detection efforts may be losing momentum.

The report shows for the second year a stall in the number of women getting mammograms.

Dr. Michael Thun says access to quality medical care plays a big role in the prevention detection stall.

Noting that the report finds there is not sufficient funding to cover mammograms among the uninsured.

The report also notes only 19 states up one from last year passed legislation supporting full insurance coverage for colorectal screening. "Prevention isn't as sexy emergency care, doesn't have sirens, doesn't have helicopters, but the fact is it's less expensive and with respect to the population's health, it's more effective," Dr. Thun says.

These are effective strategies that are not being utilized.

The report estimates that up to a third of the more than 500,000 cancer deaths this year could have been prevented.

Researchers say while the use of screenings has dramatically cut death rates the tests are not reaching enough people.

The cancer society encourages everyone to ask their doctor about their cancer risks and testing options.

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