Willing to Risk Your Life?
Concerns Over Health Screenings and the Aging Population
We’ve all heard it, “early detection saves lives,” so why do so many people put off health screenings that could identify cancer before it has the chance to end their life? Right now, 52% of people blame health system barriers like scheduling and timeliness for a lack of screenings. Among that 52%, 40% of those patients aren’t getting Colorectal cancer (CRC) screenings. CRC is the second leading cause of death due to cancer in the United States.
The even bigger problem, demand for screenings is expected to increase with an aging population as well as with changes in legislation through the Affordable Care Act. With that, there are serious concerns surrounding the efficiency of existing screening capacity resources and then being able to absorb the increased demand in the future.
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