Colorectal Cancer ScreeningsReducing the incidence of cancer through life-saving screenings
Cancer Screenings Save Lives
Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the third leading cause of cancer death in both men and women in the United States (U.S.). The American Cancer Society estimates about 49,700 deaths will occur during 2015 to colon cancer in the U.S. Although the incidence of colon cancer has declined significantly over the past ten years, largely due to improvement in screening and early detection, rates of colon cancer remain highest in the Midwest.
The good news is that about half of all colon cancer deaths a year could be prevented if everyone age 50 and older got screened for colon cancer. Prevention and early detection improves health, saves lives and reduces healthcare costs. The primary reason cited for individuals having a cancer screening test is a physician recommendation.
Great Plains QIN team members are partnering with physician clinics to help implement a process that ensures recommendation and follow-up for all patients. Our three-part strategy includes:
- facilitating a regional Learning and Action Network;
- offering tailored technical assistance to clinics;
3. Aligning public education and awareness with the National Cancer Roundtable 80% by 2018 campaign
We have recently developed maps of colorectal cancer screening rates for each of our four states (by county). Screening rates include Colonoscopies, Sigmoidoscopies, FOBTs and Barium Enemas. Percentages of screening rates are based on Medicare claims data (2015). You can access these maps below under the Quality Measures section. We plan to update each quarter when new data is available.
We invite all providers, community stakeholders, Medicare consumers, family members and caregivers to join us as we work to increase colorectal cancer screenings and reduce incidence of colon cancer in our region. To get involved and connected, join the Great Plains Learning and Action Network (LAN).
Colorectal Cancer Screening News
American Indian Resources
Tools & Resources
American Cancer Society
Colorectal Cancer Facts and Figures 2017-2019
Colorectal Cancer Fact Sheet
Colorectal Cancer Information and Resources
Colorectal Cancer Screening Clinician's Toolbox and Guide
Final USPSTF Recommendations for CRC Screening
How to Increase Cancer Screening Rates in Practice: An Action Plan
JAMA News: USPSTF Recommendation Statement on Screening for Colorectal Cancer Screening
Medicare Preventive Services
National Cancer Institute
National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable
National Colon Cancer Alliance
Paying for Colorectal Cancer Screening Patient Navigation Toolkit
Steps for Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates
Meet the Experts
Learning and Action Network
We invite you to join the Great Plains Learning and Action Network (LAN). All LAN partners will be invited to attend educational sessions on a variety of topics, have opportunities to learn from peers throughout the state and region and have access to an abundance of resources and tools. The LAN is a great opportunity to get connected and demonstrate your commitment to quality improvement.