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 organizations stand united in the belief that we can eliminate colorectal cancer as a major public health problem. We have screening techniques that work, the national capacity to apply these technologies, and effective local models for delivering the continuum of care in a more organized fashion. Equal access to care is everyone’s responsibility. We share a commitment to eliminating disparities in access to care.
As such, our organizations will work to empower communities, patients, providers, community health centers and health systems to embrace these models and develop the partnerships needed to deliver coordinated, quality colorectal cancer screenings and follow up care that engages the patient and empowers them to complete needed care from screenings through treatment and long-term follow up.
Granite Peaks Gastroenterology is embracing the shared goal of reaching 80% screened for colorectal cancer by 2018.
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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