Working Toward The Shared Goal Of 80% Screened For Colorectal Cancer By End of 2018

Have you heard about 80% by 2018? This initiative started by the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT) includes more than 1,500 organizations—including medical professional societies, academic centers, survivor groups, government agencies, cancer coalitions, cancer centers, payers and many others—who have committed to the shared goal of 80% of adults aged 50 and older being regularly screened for colorectal cancer by the end of 2018.

When it comes to colon cancer, awareness literally saves lives. When found early, colon cancer is the most treatable kind of cancer, and getting a colonoscopy can help prevent it from progressing altogether.

That’s why this initiative is so important. Did you know that colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in Nebraska, colon cancer occurs more often in Nebraska than the rest of the nation, and Nebraska ranks 37th out of 50 states in screening for colon cancer?

Help us change these numbers by joining this movement! There are many ways you can get involved:

  1. Encourage the people in your life to get screened, especially if they are aged 50 or older, have a family history of colon cancer, or are experiencing concerning symptoms.

  2. Consider pledging your organization’s commitment to the 80% effort by reviewing the pledge and completing the online pledge form.

  3. We all have a role to play. Here’s how you can make a difference:
    Elected Officials
    Primary Care Physicians
    Gastroenterologists and Endoscopists
    Women’s Health Providers

Mikala Harden