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Support for Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening Rate to 80% by 2018

Monday, September 12, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Audrey Fine, Primary Care Health Systems Manager, American Cancer Society


Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the US, and in several states served by NWRPCA including Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Additionally, Alaska and Idaho are among the states with the lowest screening rates in the country despite the fact that colorectal cancer’s 5-year survival rate is 95 percent if caught in the early stages. It is estimated that in the four NWRPCA states alone, more than 9,000 lives could be saved by reaching the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable’s (NCCRT) http://nccrt.org/  goal of screening 80 percent of the eligible population by the year 2018 (“80% by 2018”). Fortunately, extensive evidence-based interventions and improved options are making screening easier and more accessible than ever. New guidelines issued this summer by the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) expand the list of recommended tests – giving patients and providers several effective screening options in support of the notion that the “best test is the one that gets done.”




As co-founder of the NCCRT, the American Cancer Society (ACS)  is working closely with primary care and state health systems to achieve the 80% by 2018 screening goal. ACS serves as a convener of colorectal cancer roundtables and is leading task forces and projects in many states across the nation to support FQHCs, providers, and clinical teams in increasing screening rates. Additionally, ACS has developed numerous resources to encourage implementation of the latest screening guidelines, including the Steps for Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screeing Rates: A Manual for Community Health Centers and the ACS FluFOBT Implementation Guide for Primary Care Practices. Staff are also available locally to support ongoing quality improvement initiatives, provide technical assistance, and offer no cost, on-site training to community health center staff. In October, Dr. Durado Brooks, Managing Director of Cancer Control Intervention, Prevention and Early Detection for the American Cancer Society, will present methods of improving colorectal cancer screening rates in community health centers at the 2016 NWRPCA Fall Primary Care Conference in Denver.


For additional information about the 80% by 2018 campaign, visit www.nccrt.org


For more information on local educational opportunities or to connect with ACS health systems staff in your state, contact Audrey Fine at audrey.fine@cancer.org  or 206.674.4178


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