Through the “80% by 2018” initiative led by the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT), MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper is one of thousands of organizations that pledged its commitment to substantially reducing colorectal cancer as a major public health problem. Our team is working toward the shared goal of having 80% of adults aged 50 and older being regularly screened for colorectal cancer by 2018.
While colorectal cancer incidence rates have dropped in the U.S. among adults aged 50 and older, it is still the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States, despite being highly preventable, detectable, and treatable. In fact, it is estimated that in 2016, 134,490 cases of colorectal cancer will be diagnosed. If we can achieve 80% by 2018, 203,000 colorectal cancer deaths would be prevented across the U.S., – 6,000 in New Jersey alone – by 2030.
Part of the 80% by 2018 goal is to leverage the energy of multiple and diverse partners to empower communities, patients, and providers to increase screening rates.
We encourage all healthcare providers in New Jersey to join us in this effort. Recommend colon cancer screening to your eligible patients, talk to them about their risk of colon cancer, and, if you are 50 or older be sure to get YOUR colon cancer screening.
To schedule a colonoscopy with a Cooper gastroenterologist,
call 1.800.8.COOPER (1.800.826.6737).