Bighorn Valley Health Center Joins Forces with hundreds Local and National Organizations to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screenings Rates across the Country
“80% by 2018” is a shared goal to have 80% of adults aged 50 and older regularly screened for colorectal cancer by 2018.
Hardin, MT 3/23/2017 – Colorectal cancer screening has been proven to save lives. Bighorn Valley Health Center today announced that it has made the pledge to help increase colorectal cancer screening rates by supporting the 80% by 2018 initiative, led by the American Cancer Society (ACS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (a coalition co-founded by ACS and CDC).
Colorectal cancer is the nation’s second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. when men and women are combined; however it is one of only a few cancers that can be prevented. Through colorectal cancer screening, doctors can find and remove hidden growths (called “polyps”) in the colon, before they become cancerous. Removing polyps can prevent cancer.
“80% by 2018” is a National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT) initiative in hundreds of organizations who have committed to substantially reducing colorectal cancer as a major public health problem and are working toward the shared goal of 80% of adults aged 50 and older being regularly screened for colorectal cancer by 2018. If we can achieve 80% by 2018, 277,000 cases and 203,000 colorectal cancer deaths would be prevented by 2030.
“Colon cancer is a major public health problem, and adults age 50 and older should be regularly screened for it, but we have found that many people aren’t getting screened because they don’t believe they are at risk, don’t understand that there are test options or don’t think they can afford it,” said Julie Pool, RN Quality Assurance Nurse Manager. “The truth is that simply aging puts you at greater risk for colon cancer. Colorectal cancer in its early stages usually has no symptoms, so most everyone 50 and older should get screened. There are several screening options – even take home options – available such as Hemosure and Cologuard. Plus, many public and private insurance plans cover colorectal cancer screening and there may be local resources available to help those that are uninsured.”
“We are thrilled to join the cause to improve colon cancer screening rates,” said Jennifer Magpie, RN Chief Quality Officer. “We are asking all members of our community to come together and help us by getting screened and talking to your friends and family who are over 50 years of age about getting screened.
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