Last week, a study revealed colon cancer rates dropped 30% in the last decade, but that doesn't mean it's satisfied. Nor should it, what with a third of Americans still not up to date on screening.
That's why The National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable now has a new goal: to get 80% of Americans screened by 2018. It hosted a Twitter chat Thursday to discuss the future of the campaign, and we've documented the highlights below.
Question 1 - Why is #80by2018 important to your organization?
A1: Colorectal cancer is highly preventable...we should strive for 80% screened...and beyond! #80by2018— Paul Limburg (@limburg_paul) March 27, 2014
— Len Lichtenfeld (@DrLen) March 27, 2014
A1: #80by2018 means more people screened for CRC which means fewer cases and even fewer deaths
SUM of A1: #80by2018 is imp cuz huge potential to eliminate this problem by all of us working together.— NCCRTnews (@NCCRTnews) March 27, 2014
Question 2 - What will it take to achieve the #80by2018 goal?
SUM Q2: To achieve #80by2018 we need to invest in msging, spur docs to rec full-range of tests, look at policy change & close disparities— NCCRTnews (@NCCRTnews) March 27, 2014
SUM Q3: To maintain momentum re #80by2018 we need act on common goals, focus on key pops, use actionable plan & keep shouting from rooftops!— NCCRTnews (@NCCRTnews) March 27, 2014
Question 4 - What is your organization specifically working on to reach the #80by2018 goal?
Question 5 - How can public policy help achieve the #80by2018 goal?
A5: need to remove patient cost as a barrier to screening #80by2018— Paul Limburg (@limburg_paul) March 27, 2014
Question 6 - What other partners do we need to reach the #80by2018 colorectal cancer screening goal?
A6: Doc’s advice to get screened is critical, but not sole solution. We need fam & friends to encourage each other to get screened #80by2018— ACSCAN (@ACSCAN) March 27, 2014
A6: The strongest advocates are the survivors! We need to give them a voice to share their stories! #80by2018— StopColonCancerNow (@StopColonCancer) March 27, 2014
Question 7 - Why is increasing colorectal cancer screening rates important to you?
A7: It's hard to lose a loved one to cancer. It's even harder when that cancer could be prevented by screening. Let's save lives. #80by2018— StopColonCancerNow (@StopColonCancer) March 27, 2014
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A7 We've lost too many amazing souls 2 this largely preventable disease. It's time to put an end 2 this unnecessary loss of life. #80by2018— ColonCancerAlliance (@CCAlliance) March 27, 2014