Colon Cancer Awareness

Granite Peaks Gastroenterology has pledged 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.

80% by 2018 Initiative

“80% by 2018” is a National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT) initiative in which over five hundred organizations have committed to substantially reduce colorectal cancer as a major public health problem. Each organization is working toward the shared goal of 80% of adults aged 50 and older being regularly screened for colorectal cancer by 2018.

Our Commitment

What is Colorectal Cancer?

Colorectal cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in the U.S.. In 2015, 132,700 cases of colorectal cancer were diagnosed in the U.S. Many of these cases, and related cancer deaths, occur needlessly, and could be prevented if more people took advantage of colorectal cancer screening.

Screening and early detection saves lives. When colorectal cancer is diagnosed early, the 5 year survival rate is 90%. Unfortunately, only 39% of cases are diagnosed at this localized stage.

The disease can be prevented through the early identification and removal of pre-cancerous polyps, detectable only through colorectal cancer screenings. Guidelines from most major screening organizations recommend that all men and women get regularly screened, beginning at age 50.

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