Each January, the American Cancer Society (ACS) publishes a summary of its recommendations for early cancer detection, including guideline updates, emerging issues that are relevant to screening for cancer, and a summary of the most current data on cancer screening rates for US adults. In 2004, there were no updates to ACS guidelines. In this article, we summarize the current guidelines, discuss recent evidence and policy changes that have implications for cancer screening, and provide an update of the most recent data pertaining to participation rates in cancer screening by age, gender, and insurance status from the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionís Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.
CA Cancer J Clin 2005; 55:31-44
© 2005 American Cancer Society
American Cancer Society Guidelines for the Early Detection of Cancer, 2005
Robert A. Smith, PhD, Vilma Cokkinides, PhD and Harmon J. Eyre, MD
Dr. Smith is Director, Cancer Screening, Cancer Control Science Department, American Cancer Society, Atlanta, GA.
Dr. Cokkinides is Program Director, Risk Factor Surveillance, Department of Epidemiology and Research Surveillance, American Cancer Society, Atlanta, GA.
Dr. Eyre is Executive Vice President for Research and Medical Affairs, American Cancer Society, and Editor-in-Chief of CA, Atlanta, GA.