Feb. 16, 2023 – Many people, including 20% of Americans ages 50 to 75, are behind on colorectal cancer screenings – even though do-it-yourself tests let you collect a sample easily and privately in your own home. 

One possible explanation: A lot of people convince themselves they don’t need it. 

Psychologists call this “defensive information processing” – adopting beliefs to lessen fears of a threat. And new research in the journal Cancer suggests it could be a key reason that some people don’t get recommended colorectal cancer screenings. 

Researchers surveyed 2,600 people in Ireland who had been invited to complete at-home stool tests…


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