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Increase colorectal cancer screening to 80% by 2018

Workgroup Objectives and Goals:

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death when combining men and women in the U.S., impacting more than 132,700 adults who are diagnosed with this devastating disease every year. Screening can prevent colorectal cancer through the detection and removal of precancerous polyps. When adults get screened, colorectal cancer can be detected in the early stages when treatment is more likely to be successful.

Sadly, around 1 in 3 adults between 50 and 75 years old—that’s about 23 million people—are not getting tested as recommended. Screening saves lives, but only if people actually have tests. Groups less likely to take part in screening include those aged 50-64, men, Hispanics, American Indian or Alaska natives, people living in rural areas, and individuals with lower education and income. Together we can make a huge difference to people throughout the U.S.

The CCC National Partnership (CCCNP) has made colorectal cancer screening one of three focus areas and is working with the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT) to promote the 80% by 2018 initiative. The NCCRT launched 80% by 2018 to substantially reduce colorectal cancer as a major public health problem.The goal of the NCCRT initiative is to reach an 80% screening rate overall by 2018.  The current rate of 67% is from Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data. 

Comprehensive Cancer Control (CCC) coalitions are critical to the success of the 80 by 2018 initiative because they are uniquely positioned to convene the appropriate stakeholders (i.e. health care providers, health systems, communities, businesses, community health centers, state and local government, survivors, and others), build appropriate momentum, and generate collective support in every state and several tribes and US territories.

The CCCNP’s 80 by 2018 Workgroup is committed to helping CCC coalitions take advantage of the tremendous capacity and opportunity they have to increase colorectal cancer screening within their own communities by mobilizing community resources, bringing broad public attention to cancer issues, influencing media coverage, and successfully implementing collaborative efforts. By working together, we can make a difference.

Read the 80 by 2018 Colorectal Cancer Stakeholder Group Report or the 80% by 2018 Forum Teams Report from February 2017.

Planned Workgroup Activities:

  • Share CCCNP member resources to help coalitions achieve 80 by 2018.
  • Facilitate easy and simplified access to communication materials related to colorectal cancer screening.
  • Create opportunities to share examples of evidence-based interventions and best practices.