For the amount of media coverage devoted to cancer, as I noted in a post earlier this week, Americans are still falling short when it comes to preventative care. In reaction to this revelation, the American Cancer Society, ACS, has issued a new set of early detection guidelines aimed to deliver more awareness to the general public. Early detection is a key factor when dealing with cancer survival, and yet, many people are not seeking the annual care. This year's guidelines cover breast, prostate, colon, rectum, cervix, and endometrial cancers. Currently, the most widely used preventative measure is an annual Pap smear. However, less than 60% of women over age 40 have an annual mammogram, and just 50% of men 50 and older receive yearly digital rectal exams to screen for prostate cancer.
De nouvelles directions de la société américaine du cancer pour détecter les cancer plus tôt. Moins de 60 % des femmes de plus de 40 ans subissent une mamographie et à peine 50 % des hommes se soumettent au toucher rectal pour détecter le cancer de la prostate.