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Many Americans haven't gotten recommended cancer screenings

The CDC's 2013 National Health Interview Survey found about 25 percent of U.S. women are past due for a breast cancer screening.
The CDC's 2013 National Health Interview Survey found about 25 percent of U.S. women are past due for a breast cancer screening.
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If you're one of those people who puts off getting your recommended cancer screenings, you're not alone. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports this week that many Americans are past due for such tests. 

About 20 percent of women surveyed in 2013 reported being overdue for their cervical cancer screening; about 25 percent of women nationwide also reported failing to get recommended breast cancer screenings.  And more than 40 percent of all U.S. men and women said they were overdue for a colorectal cancer screening at the time of the survey. 

The CDC culled the findings from the 2013 National Health Interview Survey and published them in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. It  says those without insurance were least likely to get these cancer screenings.

The Affordable Care Act classifies all three as among the preventive services to be provided – at no extra cost – to those with health insurance.