Researchers with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Thursday that percentages of Americans receiving recommended screenings for breast cancer, cervical cancer and colorectal cancer in 2010 did not reach targets -- with racial and ethnic populations lagging noticeably behind.
The team's study, which was published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, was the first to examine disparities in Asian and Hispanic groups, according to a CDC release. Data was collected from the 2010 National Health Interview Survey.
Overall, 72.4% of women ages 50 to 74 followed the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation to get a mammogram every two years. Healthy People 2020, a government effort to improve health that sets goals for following screening guidelines, set a target of 81%.
Eighty-three percent of women followed cervical cancer screening recommendations; the Healthy People 2020 target was 93%. For colorectal cancer screening, 58.6% of Americans complied with recommendations. The target was 70.5%.