Number of people seeking cancer screenings drops

January 7, 2013 6:44:01 PM PST
Physicians and cancer organizations say they're concerned that the number of people seeking cancer screenings has dropped over the last decade.

The American Cancer Society and others promote preventive cancer screenings as a way to cut cancer death rates, especially for breast, colon and prostate cancer.

Experts say part of the problem could be fear of bad news, as well as confusion, saying people aren't exactly sure when to go in to get that first screening.

Women should have their first mammogram by age 40, and men should have a colonoscopy by age 50.