NCHS Data Briefs Update
NCHS Data Brief No. 274, March 2017
- Two-thirds of insured adults aged 50–75 were screened for colorectal cancer within the recommended intervals.
- Insured women aged 30–39 (90.5%) were more likely than their older peers to be screened for cervical cancer within the recommended intervals.
- Seventy-three percent of insured women aged 50–74 had a mammogram in the past 2 years.
- The percentage of insured adults who had a cardiovascular risk screening (blood pressure, blood sugar) within the recommended intervals significantly increased with advancing age for both men and women.
Recent improvements in health insurance coverage (1) have been associated with improved access to health care (2–4) and increased utilization of preventive services (5). Most insurance plans are now required to cover specific clinical preventive services without copayment from the insured adult (6). This report presents the proportion of insured adults who received selected services that are recommended for the prevention or early detection of cancer and heart disease. Sex- and age-specific differences are examined. The age groups included in each chart vary because the selected preventive services are recommended for different age groups.