Colorectal cancer can have a significant effect on the lives of those diagnosed and their loved ones. Fortunately, colorectal cancer incidence rates have been declining, in part, due to the increase in screening.1
- Screening allows detection/removal of precancerous polyps and the detection of early stages of colorectal cancer when treatment is usually less extensive and potentially more successful1
A screening goal for Americans has been established by the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT): to increase the number of people screened to 80% in every community.2
NCCRT Goal: 80% Screened
You can help achieve this goal by playing a key role in driving awareness of colorectal cancer screening:
- Encourage employer customers to promote screening to employees
- Leverage the communication/education resources available through the Love Your Colon initiative to inform individual members about the value of regular screening
- American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2020. https://www.cancer.org/content/dam/cancer-org/research/cancer-facts-and-statistics/annual-cancer-facts-and-figures/2020/cancer-facts-and-figures-2020.pdf. Accessed March 23, 2020.
- 80% in every community. National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable. https://nccrt.org/80-in-every-community/. Accessed April 1, 2020.
- Meester RG, Doubeni CA, Zauber AG, et al. Public health impact of achieving 80% colorectal cancer screening rates in the United States by 2018. Cancer. 2015;121(13):2281-2285.