Presentation participants at the AARP office in Sioux Falls

The Great Plains Quality Innovation Network (QIN) partnered with organizations from eight communities across the four-state region to host viewing sites for American Cancer Society’s Vice President of Cancer Control Intervention Dr. Durado Brooks’ live presentation titled, “A Family Affair: Understanding Colorectal Cancer Risk Factors and Screening Option.”

From the AARP office to the local senior center and the computer of the healthcare professional, the message from Dr. Brooks was loud and clear: colorectal cancer can be prevented.

As Dr. Brooks explained colorectal cancer risk factors, screening options and how family history plays into the screening decision, three key steps emerged:

  1. Know your family history
  2. Talk to your health care provider
  3. Get a colorectal cancer screening

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends colorectal screening starting at age 50 and continuing until age 75.  The risks and benefits of different colorectal cancer screening methods vary.  Knowing family history will help determine average-risk or high-risk status. High-risk individuals may need to start colorectal screening before age 50 and should talk to their health care provider about screening options.

Dr. Brooks’ full presentation is available for viewing and more information on colorectal cancer screening can be found on the Great Plain QIN or the American Cancer Society website.

The Great Plains Quality Innovation Network provides technical assistance and support for organizations interested in increasing colorectal cancer screening rates.  For more information, check out the cancer prevention initiative and reach out to the appropriate local contact.