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INTRODUCTION Despite widespread recommendations for colorectal cancer screening, the U.S. screening rate is low. The objectives of this study were to describe the rates and predictors of colorectal cancer screening use by examining groups in two categories--1) those who have ever been screened and 2) those with up-to-date screening--and to assess whether(More)
BACKGROUND A major health priority is to increase colorectal cancer screening, and colonoscopy has become an increasingly important method of screening. The Medicare program began coverage for colonoscopy for average risk individuals in 2001. OBJECTIVES We sought to examine whether overall colorectal cancer screening increased over time and whether these(More)
Highlights „ In 2005, cancers were principally responsible for nearly 100,000 hospital stays (totaling $1.7 billion) for children and adolescents. An additional 75,400 pediatric stays involved a secondary diagnosis of cancer. „ Between 2000 and 2005, the number of pediatric stays principally for cancer increased over 80 percent, from 54,400 to 99,500 stays(More)
Highlights „ From 1997 to 2004, elderly individuals represented approximately 12 percent of the U.S. population each year; however, this age group accounted for a substantially larger portion— about 35 percent—of hospital stays annually. „ Heart and respiratory conditions, such as congestive heart failure and pneumonia, were consistently among the most(More)
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