J.C. Blair joins forces with over 500 local and national organizations with the shared goal to have 80% of adults aged 50 and older regularly screened for colorectal cancer by 2018.
J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital and Huntingdon Gastroenterology Associates have pledged to help increase colorectal cancer screening rates by supporting the 80% by 2018 initiative. 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.
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.
Huntingdon County's 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment reported that colorectal cancer is the county's and Pennsylvania's fourth leading cause of cancer-related deaths and is declining. The county's incidence rate is also declining and is less than Pennsylvania's rate. According to the CDC, 67% of Pennsylvanians age 50 and older are screened.
Part of the 80% by 2018 goal is to leverage the energy of multiple and diverse partners to empower communities, patients, and providers to increase screening rates. The 80% by 2018 initiative consists of healthcare providers, healthy 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.
Since 1993, board certified gastroenterologists Drs. Michael Gaugler and Keith Waddle have performed thousands of endoscopies, significantly impacting the colorectal cancer incidence and death rates in Huntingdon County. They, along with the hospital, are dedicated to making colorectal cancer screenings accessible and affordable to all residents of Huntingdon County and surrounding communities.
Who’s Getting Involved?
Celebrity Ambassador Katie Couric Pledges her support: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03ltx1_v18k&feature=youtu.be
View the live stream of Katie Couric and Luke Perry kicking off colorectal cancer awareness month: https://livestream.com/accounts/6309709/events/7020541/player?width=640&height=360&enableInfoAndActivity=true&defaultDrawer&autoPlay=true&mute=false
Other celebrity videos: http://nccrt.org/celebrity-videos/
NCCRT Chair, Dr. Richard Wender’s 10 Steps to Increase 80% by 2018: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2C7UuyoGfnk&feature=youtu.be
Huntingdon resident Jerry Kruse Gets Screened (2016): http://www.jcblair.org/colorectal-cancer-screening-surprise
Mapping Colorectal Cancer Screening by State
Pennsylvania is currently at a 67% screening rate. Help us improve our progress towards 80% by 2018.
Check out this website: http://nccrt.org/wp-content/uploads/DDW-Poster-2016-Finalv2.pdf
Links to Valuable Resources:
Screening Saves Lives
View this video for a concise, upbeat, and to-the-point message: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u67YZbajVR4&feature=youtu.be