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When it comes to cancer screening, new CDC statistics show that too few people are taking the US Preventive Services Task Force's recommendations to heart, reports Katherine Hobson at The Wall Street Journal Health Blog. US cancer screening rates for breast, cervical, and colon cancer are falling short of goals set by government agencies, particularly when the numbers are broken down into specific racial and ethnic groups, Hobson says. According to the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 72.4 percent of women overall in 2010 underwent breast cancer screening, 83 percent of eligible women underwent cervical cancer screening, and the colorectal cancer screening rate was 58.6 percent — all short of government goals. "Screening for all three diseases was more common among whites and blacks than Asians," Hobson adds. "Only 64.1 [percent] of Asian women had their recommended mammogram, for example, compared to 72.8 [percent] of whites, 73.2 [percent] of blacks and 69.7 [percent] of Hispanics."