What does this indicator measure?

The measure represents the percent of adults 50 and older who reported ever having a sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy, two common screening tests for colorectal cancer.

Why is this indicator important?

Increased use of colorectal cancer screening tests has been attributed with significant decreases in colorectal cancer incidence rates during the past two decades in the United States and Indiana (American Cancer Society). Sigmoidoscopies and colonoscopies allow for the detection and removal of symptomless colorectal polyps before they progress to cancer.

About the data

Community: Indiana

Reference: U.S.

Goal: No goal has been developed

Measurement Period: 2010

Category: Cancer

Community Source: Indiana State Department of Health & Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

Reference Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System