COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Eighty by 2018 Taylor Station Surgical Center joins forces with over 500 local and national organizations to increase colorectal cancer screenings rates across the country.
Colorectal cancer screening has been proven to save lives. Taylor Station Surgical Center today announced that it has made the pledge to help increase colorectal cancer screening rates by supporting the 80% by 2018 initiative, 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).
Colorectal cancer is the nation's second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths; however, it is one of only a few cancers that can be prevented. Through proper colorectal cancer screening, doctors can find and remove hidden growths (called "polyps") in the colon, before they become cancerous. Removing polyps can prevent cancer altogether.
80% by 2018 is a National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT) initiative in which over 500 organizations have committed to substantially reducing colorectal cancer as a major public health problem and are working toward the shared goal of 80% of adults aged 50 and older being regularly screened for colorectal cancer by 2018. Leading public health organizations, such as ACS, CDC and the NCCRT are rallying organizations to embrace this shared goal.
"Colorectal cancer is a major public health problem, no one needs to die of colon cancer. Screening colonoscopy saves lives and people are not getting tested. Get your colonoscopy done today! We at Taylor Station Surgical Center are committed to the 80% by 2018 goal. Please call and schedule your colonoscopy soon," said Anantha Padmanabhan, M.D., F.A.C.S.
While colorectal cancer incidence rates have dropped 30 percent in the U.S. over the last 10 years among adults 50 and older, it is still the second-leading cause of cancer death in the U.S, despite being highly preventable, detectable and treatable. In fact, in 2015 in the U.S., 132,700 cases of colorectal cancer were diagnosed.
Part of the 80% by 2018 goal is to leverage the energy of multiple and diverse partners to empower communities, patients, providers to increase screening rates. The 80% by 2018 initiative consists of health care providers, health systems, communities, businesses, community health centers, government, non-profit organizations and patient advocacy groups who are committed to getting more people screened for colorectal cancer to prevent more cancers and save lives.
"Colorectal Cancer is the second leading cause of death due to cancer and is entirely preventable. Approximately 135,000 new cases of colorectal cancer are diagnosed and 50,000 die of the disease each year. Colorectal cancers occur from polyps that are abnormal growths and these begin to appear at age 50. Polyps and even early colorectal cancers are curable do not produce symptoms. Hence, screening colonoscopy, a procedure done to detect abnormal growths when one is without any complaints, need to begin at age 50 in average risk patients. If colonoscopy is normal it needs to be repeated for screening only in 10 years. In patients with polyps colonoscopy allows the physician to remove the growths and recheck more frequently. Other options for colorectal screening are available and if a test is positive it leads to a need for colonoscopy. We are excited to join everyone in sending this important public message to screen for colorectal cancer. The cancer has a high prevalence and mortality rate but is entirely preventable," said Karamjit Khanduja M.D., Program Director of Colorectal and Rectal Surgery Fellowship at Mount Carmel Health System.
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