QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged 50–75 Years Who Met Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Screening Recommendations — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2018

March 20, 2020

March is Colorectal Awareness Month. 67% of U.S. adults aged 50–75 years met the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations for colorectal cancer screening. Most persons (60.6%) had a colonoscopy in the past 10 years. Cancer screening leads to early detection, and early detection saves lives.

Source: National Health Interview Survey, 2018. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm.


Fact or Fiction – Are Flu and pneumonia are responsible for 57,000 deaths in the United States each year?

March 17, 2020

Source: National Vital Statistics System, 1999-2018


QuickStats: Percentage of Children and Adolescents Aged 4–17 Years with Serious Emotional or Behavioral Difficulties by Sex and Urbanization Level

March 13, 2020

During 2016–2018, the percentage of children and adolescents aged 4–17 years with serious emotional or behavioral difficulties was higher among those living in nonmetropolitan areas (6.7%) than among those living in metropolitan areas (5.3%).

Among boys, those living in nonmetropolitan areas (8.5%) were more likely to have serious emotional or behavioral difficulties than those living in metropolitan areas (6.6%), but the difference among girls was smaller and not significant.

Among children and adolescents living in either metropolitan or nonmetropolitan areas, boys were more likely than girls to have serious emotional or behavioral difficulties.

Source: National Health Interview Survey, 2016–2018. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis/index.htm.


3 out of 4 Flu & Pneumonia Deaths Occur Among Seniors Age 75+

March 11, 2020

FLU_DEATHS_AGEOver the past 20 years (1999-2018), there were nearly one million deaths in the U.S. from influenza and pneumonia among Americans age 65 and over – accounting for 86% of all deaths from the illness over that time period.  Nearly three in four deaths occurred among seniors age 75 and over.

SOURCE:  National Vital Statistics System, CDC WONDER.


Provisional Drug Overdose Death Counts (thru August 2019)

March 11, 2020


Provisional data show that the reported number of drug overdose deaths occurring in the United States decreased by 1.9% from the 12 months ending in August 2018 to the 12 months ending in August 2019, from 68,714 to 67,410.

The reported number of opioid-involved drug overdose deaths in the United States for the 12-month period ending in August 2019 (47,105) decreased from 47,251 in the previous year.

Link: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/drug-overdose-data.htm


Flu & Pneumonia Toll in the U.S.: 57,688 Deaths Per Year

March 9, 2020


Over the past two decades, influenza & pneumonia has been the 8th leading cause of death in America.  From 1999 to 2018, there were 1,153,761 deaths in the United States from influenza and pneumonia – an average of 57,688 deaths each year.  The overall death rate from influenza and pneumonia, however, was higher two decades ago than in recent years.
SOURCE:  National Vital Statistics System, CDC WONDER.  ICD-10-CM J09-J18.


QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Suicide Rates by Sex and Three Most Common Methods — United States, 2000–2018

March 6, 2020

The three most common methods of suicide among males and females during 2000–2018 were by firearm, suffocation, and poisoning.

After remaining steady from 2000 to 2006, age-adjusted firearm suicide rates increased during 2006–2018 among males (from 10.3 to 12.6 per 100,000) and females (from 1.4 to 1.9).

Suffocation suicide rates among males and females increased steadily during 2000–2018 (from 3.4 to 6.7 for males and from 0.7 to 1.9 for females).

In contrast to the other suicide methods, poisoning suicide rates during 2000–2018 initially increased and then declined, from 2.3 in 2010 to 1.9 in 2018 among males and from 2.0 in 2015 to 1.7 in 2018 among females.

Throughout the period 2000–2018, suicide rates by all methods were higher among males than among females, with the greatest difference in the rates for suicide by firearm.

Source: National Center for Health Statistics, National Vital Statistics System, mortality data. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/deaths.htm.