SMC Joins Initiative to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screenings

(PUEBLO, COLO.) St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center recently announced that it has joined the 80% by 2018 initiative, a nationwide goal of increasing colorectal cancer screening rates by 2018.In conjunction with the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT), the American Cancer Society (ACS), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 900 organizations have committed to the goal of eliminating colorectal cancer as a major public health issue. As colorectal cancer is a leading cause of death in the nation, this initiative aims to increase the amount of screenings performed in the next two years, thus reducing the amount of deaths related to the disease.

Colorectal cancer is the nations second leading cause of cancer related deaths. However, St. Mary-Corwin along with these organizations aims to substantially reduce colorectal cancer through raising public awareness on the dangers of this disease and working to ensure that adults especially between the ages of 50 and 75 are screened.

We value the importance of this powerful initiative and urge members of our community to recognize the necessity for colorectal cancer screenings, said Brian Moore, president and CEO, St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center. By ensuring that as many individuals as possible are being screened, we can help eliminate colorectal cancer thus saving the lives of hundreds of individuals.

According to the NCCRT, if 80 percent of individuals are screened for colorectal cancer by 2018, 277,000 fewer people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and 203,000 deaths from the disease would be prevented by 2030. In 2016 alone, 95,270 individuals have been diagnosed with colon cancer, and 39,220 with rectal cancer. When detected early, it is among the most preventable and treatable forms of cancer. However, only two in three adults who need to be screened are actually doing so currently.

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