CDC: Too many cancers spotted too late

November 24, 2010

A new government report finds many cancers aren't diagnosed until the disease is well-advanced and therefore less treatable.

Almost one-half of colorectal cancers and cervical cancers and one-third of breast cancers in the U.S. are detected at late state, according to this report released Wednesday. Yet, if caught early, these three cancers have a very high survival rate.

Researchers say the differences reflect socioeconomic status, access to care and fear of screening procedures.

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