Colon cancer death rates are down, according to a report released by the federal government Tuesday.
Colorectal cancer killed 45.4 people per 100,000 in 2007, compared to 52.3 per 100,000 in 2003, according to Reuters. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that's 66,000 fewer cancers and 32,000 fewer deaths, the report says.
"One thing we know is that screening works," CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden told reporters in a telephone conference call Tuesday.
One out of three people between the ages of 50 and 75 are not up to date on their screenings, according to the CDC.
"Colon cancer is largely preventable," Frieden said. "If you find it early enough, you can prevent cancer."
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