A new modeling study suggests that if 80% of Americans underwent their recommended screening, about 280,000 colon cancer cases and 200,000 deaths could be prevented by 2030.
The CDC released a Vital Signs report in November 2013 that revealed 1/3 of adults aged 50-75 (about 23 million people) are not getting their recommended colon cancer screening. This means only about 60% of people recommended for screening are adhering to the recommended guidelines.
After examining the large body of research that suggests a correlation between screening uptake and reduced incidence and mortality of colon cancer, the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCR) devised the 80 by 2018 initiative. This campaign represents over 170 organizations committed to increasing colon cancer screening compliance to 80% by the year 2018.
A recent modeling study speculated about what the impact of that achievement might be. The results showed that if colorectal cancer screening uptake increased to 80% by 2018, incidence rates woul initially rise due to early detection of more cancer cases among previously unscreened people. However, they would ultimately decline 22% by 2030. This decrease would prevent 277,000 colorectal cancer cases between 2013 and 2030.
If we achieved the 80% goal, screening could help avert 21,000 deaths averted annually, and 203,000 deaths by 2030. Click here to take the 80% by 2018 Pledge to reach this colon cancer screening goal and save hundreds of thousands of lives.
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Image Source: National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable