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March is National Colorectal Cancer
Awareness Month

Preventable. Treatable. Beatable.

Colorectal cancer screening saves lives. It is one of only a few cancers that can be prevented through screening; among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. The risk of developing colorectal cancer increases with advancing age. More than 90 percent of cases occur in people aged 50 or older. Building awareness is an important part of helping to increase screening and decrease mortality rates. Visit the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable Web site to learn more.

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP SPREAD AWARENESS?

 Distribute colorectal cancer Blue Star symbol pins to your unit — a symbol of the battle to prevent colorectal cancer deaths. To order visit:

 Use a grassroots approach — ask staff members to host tea-and-conversation events.

Send a colorectal cancer screening e-card provided through ASGE to remind your loved ones to get screened.

 Organize a lecture during March — Recruit a expert to speak about colorectal cancer screening test options and have a "meet and greet" with the physcian after.

 Use traditional means of communication — i.e. facility newsletters, Web site, direct mailings, etc.

 Hold a survivor party for former patients and their families — share the challenges and joys.

 Send a Screen-A-Gram — Remind your loved ones to get screened by sending a fun personalized Screen-a-Gram. Screen-a-Gram is brought to you by ScreeningSaves.org, visit their website for even more way to get involved and save lives! 

 

NCCRT NEWS: 80% by 2018 Campaign
The National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT) is launching an exciting new campaign, 80% by 2018; they are working with dozens of organizations to achieve the goal of 80% screened for colorectal cancer by 2018.
 
Be on the ground floor as this initiative unfolds, build the movement among your peers, and learn how you can make an impact through the resources below.
 
80% by 2018 Launch at the National Press Club
Watch as this initiative is launched at the National Press Club on Monday, March 17th at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. You can find the livestream by clicking here: http://new.livestream.com/accounts/6309709/events/2816180 
 
White House Briefing
ACS CAN and Fight Colorectal Cancer have secured a White House briefing on the morning of March 17th.  The White House will be briefed on the 80% by 2018 effort and will include a policy “ask” for the White House to fix the colonoscopy copay issue that has been a concerning issue for many of us.
 
Congressman Payne thanks the Colorectal Cancer Community
Last week Congressman Payne spoke on the House floor about the Presidential proclamation, giving thanks to the colorectal cancer community, and remembering his father who died from colorectal cancer two years ago.  View the video by clicking here: http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4486291/rep-donald-m-payne-jr 
 
Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh’s Statement on March
Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh issued a statement about March being appointed Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. To view his statement click here: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2014pres/03/20140305a.html