Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the US. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 135,000 adults diagnosed with colorectal cancer each year.
Better and more frequent screening can find precancerous polyps—abnormal growths in the colon or rectum—so they can be removed before turning into cancer. Screening also helps find colorectal cancer at earlier stages, when treatment can lead to a cure and better outcomes.
That's why we've pledged to regularly screen 80% of adults in our network aged 50 and older for colorectal cancer by 2018. We join more than 1,000 organizations across the country, the American Cancer Society and the NCCRT - National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable in signing this pledge to increase quality colorectal cancer screening and follow-up care.
Pictured: Former Chief Medical Officer, Saul Weingart, MD, MPP, PHD, Chief of Primary Care, Deborah Blazey-Martin, MD, MPH and Chief of Gastroenterology/Hepatology sign the 80% by 2018 pledge.