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When it comes to cancer, the right screening test at the right time can go a long way toward catching the disease while it can be stopped.

But many Americans aren’t getting recommended screening tests for colorectal, breast and cervical cancer. In fact, there’s been a notable lack of progress in reaching national screening goals, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Only 72.6 percent of women between 50 and 72 said they were up to date on mammograms in 2013. The proportion of eligible women who got the breast cancer test is 8.5 percentage points short of the goal that federal public health agencies have set for 2020. And the mammogram trend is flat.

Screening Rates Stalled For Common Cancers

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