Crunching Numbers: What Cancer Screening Statistics Really Tell UsUpdated: July 16, 2018
Cancer screening studies have shown that more screening does not necessarily translate into fewer cancer deaths. This article explains how to interpret the statistics used to describe the results of screening studies.
Interactive App Improves Colorectal Cancer Screening RatesPosted: April 9, 2018
Colorectal cancer screening reduces deaths from the disease, yet about one-third of Americans aren’t up to date with screening. Learn what happened when people waiting for routine checkups used an app that allowed them to order their own screening test.
Aiming to Prevent Hereditary Cancers, Researchers Focus on Lynch SyndromeUpdated: August 8, 2017
Experts at a workshop hosted by NCI discussed issues related to using Lynch syndrome as a model for preventing hereditary cancers.
NCI study shows feasibility of cancer screening protocol for patients with Li-Fraumeni syndromePosted: August 3, 2017
A new NCI study demonstrates the feasibility of a comprehensive screening protocol for patients with Li-Fraumeni syndrome, a rare inherited disorder that leads to a higher risk of developing certain cancers.
In an Era of Precision Medicine, Testing New Approaches to Breast Cancer ScreeningPosted: May 9, 2017
Researchers are testing individualized approaches that could identify those at risk of breast cancer who need to be screened and testing screening intervals that are appropriate for each person’s level of risk.
Lung Cancer Screening Pilot Reveals Challenges, Growing PainsPosted: February 27, 2017
A demonstration project by the Veterans Health Administration is highlighting some of the complexities and challenges associated with the expansion of lung cancer screening in the United States.
Enhanced Risk-Based Lung Cancer Screening May Prevent More Deaths than Current ApproachesPosted: June 2, 2016
A blog post on a modeling study from NCI researchers suggesting that individualized, risk-based selection of ever-smokers for lung cancer screening may prevent more lung cancer deaths compared with current screening recommendations.
Shared Decision Making to Improve Cancer Screening ChoicesUpdated: January 12, 2016
In an effort to help patients make informed decisions and involve them more directly in critical medical decisions related to cancer screening, experts are turning to shared decision making.
Bringing Precision to Screening for CancerPosted: November 17, 2015
A recent NCI-sponsored conference brought together leading screening and cancer control researchers to discuss the state of the science of precision screening for five cancers.
Overdiagnosis of Cancer: Bringing an Important Problem into FocusPosted: August 28, 2015
Experts are convening for a conference on the dilemmas posed by overdiagnosis in many types of diseases. Overdiagnosis is generally defined as the diagnosis of a disease or condition that is unlikely to ever cause harm.
Screening Rates for Several Cancers Miss Their TargetsPosted: May 26, 2015
Screening rates for breast, colorectal, and cervical cancer are lagging behind target rates set by the Healthy People 2020 program, according to a new study.
NIH study finds negative HPV screening test result is a better predictor of low cervical cancer risk than a negative Pap testPosted: July 18, 2014
Based on a study that included more than 1 million women, investigators at NCI have determined that a negative test for HPV infection compared to a negative Pap test provides greater safety, or assurance, against future risk of cervical cancer.
Questions to Ask Your Doctor about Cancer ScreeningPosted: November 27, 2012
In this audio clip, Drs. Lisa Schwartz and Steven Woloshin of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy discuss the benefits and harms of cancer screening and highlight popular misconceptions about cancer screening statistics.