Percent of adults who have received recommended cancer screenings

Measure Overview

Cancer screenings can help identify cancer at an early stage when it may be easier to treat or cure. Despite the life-saving benefits of routine cancer screenings, many adults delay or forego these screenings due to lack of access or transportation, fear of a cancer diagnosis, or poor understanding of the importance of cancer screenings. Given that the rate of cancer screenings can be improved through public health education and innovative health care delivery methods (such as pop-up and mobile clinics), it is important to track data on cancer screenings to identify and address the reasons why some adults do not receive recommended routine cancer screenings.

State Health Compare provides state-level rates of adults who have received recommended cancer screenings, including Pap smears, colorectal cancer screenings, and mammograms. This measure can be broken down by education level and race/ethnicity group and is based on SHADAC’s analysis of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) public use files.

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