CDOC has pledged our commitment to reducing colorectal cancer as a major health problem, and has made increasing colorectal cancer screening our
CDOC's BIG WIN is to increase colorectal cancer (CRC) screening rates in the state of California. CDOC established a CRC Workgroup in 2015 that focuses on this effort. The goal of the workgroup is to increase colorectal cancer screening rates and decrease colorectal cancer mortality in California. The workgroup includes major partners from the American Cancer Society (ACS), the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) California Colon Cancer Control Program, the California Primary Care Association (CPCA), the California Colorectal Cancer Coalition, and Family Health Centers of San Diego. Workgroup efforts are also supported with formal guidance from ACS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In the spring of 2017, the CDOC CRC Workgroup developed a training for community clinics that focused on how to incorporate the Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) into systems of care. The training,
"Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates: Addressing Barriers and learning best practices impacting California Community Clinics & Health Centers" was the CDOC Colorectal Cancer Workgroup's first efforts towards reducing colorectal cancer mortality in California.
What is 80% by 2018? “80% by 2018” is a National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable initiative in which hundreds of organizations have committed to substantially reducing colorectal cancer as a major public health problem for those 50 and older. These organizations are working toward the shared goal of 80% of adults aged 50 and older being regularly screened for colorectal cancer by 2018. The 80% by 2018 initiative is led by the American Cancer Society (ACS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (an organization co-founded by ACS and CDC). The national
80% by 2018 website includes resources that can help organizations, health care providers, and others reach this goal.
Why is this important? According to the latest available date from the California Cancer Registry, colorectal cancer was the third most common type of cancer incidence (new diagnoses) and the third most common cause of cancer mortality (deaths) among Californians in 2010. Many of these colorectal cancer cases and deaths could have been prevented if more people are screened for colorectal cancer. Screening and early detection saves lives. Early detection can result in better treatment and survivorship outcomes. Furthermore, the disease can be prevented through early identification and removal of pre-cancerous polyps, which is only detectable through colorectal cancer screening. Learn more about Colorectal Cancer from the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable.
Take the pledge. Join CDOC and many organizations nationwide and pledge your organization's commitment to the 80% by 2018 effort. Download the 80% by 2018 pledge form here.