80% by 2018 to Prevent Colon Cancer
Achieving 80% by 2018 Screening Goal Could Prevent 200,000 Colon Cancer Deaths in Less Than 2 Decades
Increasing screening rates to 80% by 2018 would prevent 277,000 new cases of colon cancer and 203,000 deaths within 20 years, according to a new study. Reaching that screening rate is a primary goal of the 80% by 2018 initiative, begun a year ago by the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT), a national coalition of public, private, and voluntary organizations. The study is co-authored by American Cancer Society Vice President, Surveillance and Health Services, Ahmedin Jemal, DVM, PhD and appears in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society.
Screening is looking for cancer in people who have no symptoms of the disease. In the case of colon cancer, screening can often find the disease at an early, more treatable stage. It can also prevent some colon cancers altogether. This is because some colon cancer screening tests can find polyps (growths), which can then be removed before they have a chance to become cancerous.
Text adapted from the American Cancer Society website: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/news/news/impact-of-achieving-80-by-2018-screening-goal