Making it Easy to Initiate a Life-Saving Colorectal Cancer Screening Program

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Colorectal cancer is the 3rd-biggest cancer killer of both men and women in the US

Colorectal screening can detect precancerous growths and diagnose colorectal cancer at an early stage.1

As many as 60% of deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented through early detection and removal of precancerous polyps if everyone 50 years of age or older had regular screenings.2

Current figures indicate that colorectal cancer could cause approximately 49,109 deaths in the United States in 2016.1

90% of people who get early treatment for colorectal cancer will be alive after 5 years

The advantages of promoting screening

Spearheading a colorectal cancer screening protocol based on national guidelines at your hospital or health system will not only raise awareness, but also drive action. Diagnosis and treatment has the potential to save lives, which is the foundation of every hospital and Health Systems’ mission.

For people who have no symptoms and no increased risk of colorectal cancer, guidelines call for the following preventative tests starting at age 50:4

Fecal occult blood test (FOBT) or fecal immunochemical test (FIT), orEvery year
Stool DNA test, orEvery 3 years
Flexible sigmoidoscopy (FSIG), or Double-contrast barium enema (DCBE), or CT colonographyEvery 5 years
ColonoscopyEvery 10 years

 

Love Your Colon gives you a head start in initiating a colorectal cancer screening program in your hospital or health system. This important, potentially life-saving endeavor is now easier than ever.

References

  1. American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2016. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2016. American Cancer Society website. http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/content/@research/documents/document/acspc-047079.pdf. Accessed October 17, 2016.
  2. Colorectal cancer screening: basic fact sheet. Screen for Life website. http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal/pdf/basic_fs_eng_color.pdf. Accessed November 22, 2016.
  3. Basic information about colorectal cancer. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal/basic_info/index.htm. Accessed October 18, 2016.
  4. American Cancer Society. Cancer Prevention & Early Detection Facts & Figures 2015-2016. http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/content/@research/documents/webcontent/acspc-045101.pdf. Published 2015. Accessed October 18, 2016.

About the Initiative

The Love Your Colon initiative was created to help increase awareness of colorectal cancer and the importance of screening.

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