A July 6, 2011 article featured in USA Today discusses the recent CDC findings and on the reasons why southern states are currently lagging behind northern states in the decline of colon cancer death rates. A study focusing on the gap from 1997 through 2007 found the regional gap to be remarkable. In this article you will find factors contributing to the regional inequality of colon cancer death rates in the U.S.
According to the American Cancer Society, three factors include:
1. Colorectal screening rates – a lower utilization of screening rates has been found in southern states.
2. Insurance coverage – individuals in poorer/rural neighborhoods are less likely to receive treatment based on a lack of insurance.
3. Health/Lifestyle: Smoking and obesity are proven risk factors for colorectal cancer, both of which are prevalent in southern states, compared to other regions.
To read more about this issue, you can read the entire article here.