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Upstate Medical University Collaboration Increases Colorectal Cancer Screening

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States, yet colorectal screening rates are only 65.1% nationally and 69.4% in New York State. A national goal to get 80% of the population screened requires communities, businesses, and healthcare agencies to work collaboratively using creative approaches.

Upstate Medical University demonstrated that a unique partnership with the American Cancer Society, Samaritan Medical Center, Quest Diagnostic Lab, and 77 Kinney Drug Stores increased colorectal cancer screening in individuals age 50 to 75 and raised overall awareness in the general population about colorectal cancer in New York State.

Education and awareness about colon cancer screening and prevention increased, as evidenced by the increased return rate of Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) kits yearly: from 43.9% in 2014 to 56.0% in 2015, and to 63.1% in 2016. The screening program was implemented for four weeks during each of the three years. From 2014 to 2016, at least 13 cancers were prevented among 1,817 participants who returned the screening FIT kits.

For More Information, contact Linda J. Veit, M.P.H., Director of Community Relations and Project Manager for Cancer Outreach, (315) 464-6303, veitl@upstate.edu.

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