Colorectal Cancer (CRC) is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the third leading cause of cancer death in both men and women in the United States. The American Cancer Society estimates about 49,190 deaths will occur during 2016 to colon cancer in the United States. 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. Unfortunately, racial and ethnic minorities are more likely to develop cancer and die from it when compared to the general population of the United States.
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. The primary reason cited for individuals having a cancer screening test is a physician recommendation.
Prevention and early detection improves health, saves lives and reduces healthcare costs. Attend this WebEx to learn ways to improve CRC screening rates in the African American and the Native American populations.
Physicians, nurses, clinic staff and others interested in improving CRC screening rates.
Upon completion of the WebEx, participants will be able to:
- Identify barriers for minorities regarding CRC screening
- Identify differences in approach based on rural/urban settings
- Name at least 3 changes you will make to increase your center’s CRC screening rate among minorities within the next 90 days
Anthony Montegut, MD, has a career objective of becoming a well-informed leader in reducing health disparities, increasing health literacy/outcomes and providing healthcare to the disadvantaged. He is currently the Chief Medical Officer with the Charles Drew Health Center, Inc., a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Omaha Nebraska. He also has many years of experience as an emergency room physician, family health practitioner and urgent care clinician. Dr. Montegut received a BS in biology with a chemistry minor from Xavier University in New Orleans, LA. He earned his medical degree from Uniformed Services University of the Health Services (USUHS) in Bethesda, MD and completed his family medicine residency at Malcolm Grow Medical Center at Joint Base Andrew, MD. Dr. Montegut is Board Certified in Family Medicine and affiliated with the American Associations of Family Physicians. He received the Charles Drew Community Service Award in 2012. Dr. Montegut has also served homeless and mission clinics and has participated in humanitarian missions to Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.
Tinka Duran, BA, CPH, serves as the Program Manager for Great Plains Colorectal Cancer Screening Initiative (GPCCSI). The initiative will increase colorectal CRC rates within 18 tribes in a four state region – South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa, by addressing CRC screening with activities in partnerships and program coordination, priority Evidence-Based Interventions (EBI’s) and community-clinical linkages throughout the Northern Plains American Indians regions. Ms. Duran is a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota and is enrolled in a Masters of Public Health program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where she recently received her certificate in public health. She enjoys riding horseback riding and gardening.