About the National Data
Data Source: National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), CDC/NCHS
Baseline: 65.2 percent of adults aged 50 to 75 years received a colorectal cancer screening based on the most recent guidelines in 2018
Target: 74.4 percent
Percentage point improvement
The following methodology applies to the NHIS prior to the survey redesign. With the redesigned survey, the tests captured here may be different: Data include persons who have had a blood stool test in the past year, sigmoidoscopy in the past 10 years and blood stool test every year, a colonoscopy in the past 10 years, sigmoidoscopy every 5 years, FIT-DNA (or Cologuard®) every three years, or virtual colonoscopy every 5 years. Healthy People 2020 uses the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations to measure this objective and the current USPSTF recommendations (Grade A) recommend screening for colorectal cancer using fecal occult blood testing annually, sigmoidoscopy 10 years with fecal occult blood testing every year, colonoscopy 10 years, sigmoidoscopy every 5 years, FIT-DNA (or Cologuard®) every three years, or virtual colonoscopy every 5 years for persons aged 50 to 75 years.
1. Effect size h=0.2 was chosen to correspond with 20% improvement from a baseline of 50%.