Leading Health Indicators are a subset of Healthy People 2020 objectives selected to communicate high-priority health issues.
Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.
From the 2008 National Health Interview Survey Cancer Control Supplement:
Have you EVER HAD a sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, or proctoscopy?
When did you have your MOST RECENT exam?
Was this MOST RECENT exam a sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, proctoscopy or something else?
Have you EVER HAD a blood stool test, using a HOME test kit?
When did you have your MOST RECENT blood stool test using a kit at home?
Data include persons who have had a blood stool test in the past year, sigmoidoscopy in the past 5 years and blood stool test in the past 3 years, or a colonoscopy in the past 10 years. Healthy People 2020 uses the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) guidelines to measure this objective and the current USPSTF guidelines recommend screening for colorectal cancer using fecal occult blood testing annually, sigmoidoscopy 5 years with fecal occult blood testing every 3 years, or colonoscopy 10 years for persons aged 50 to 75 years.
This Indicator uses Age-Adjustment Groups:
Any change to the objective text, baseline, target, target-setting method or data source since the Healthy People 2020 launch.
The original baseline was revised from 54.2 to 52.1 due to a change in methodology. Because the change was small, the target was not adjusted.
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