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Megan Multack is a policy research senior analyst with the AARP Public Policy Institute. Her work focuses on a variety of health disparities, insurance market reform, delivery system reform, public health, prevention and Medicare issues.
Thousands of people in the United States die every year from colorectal cancer-cancer of the colon or rectum. That’s astonishing because colorectal cancer is almost entirely preventable by use of recommended screening tests. Yet, in 2008, less than two-thirds of all people ages 65 and older had the screening. Medicare pays for several types of screening tests, including colonoscopy which is considered the best test for early detection and prevention of colorectal cancer. Colonoscopy allows for removal of polyps and …
Midlife Adults Not Getting Recommended Preventive Services Midlife adults who receive recommended preventive services and engage in healthy behaviors are more likely to remain healthy and function independently in old age. Yet, according to a new AARP Public Policy Institute report, two-thirds of Americans aged 50-64 are not up-to-date with certain recommended preventive services. Underuse of Preventive Services Tied to Determinants of Health The report highlights that underuse of preventive services among midlife adults is an even …