CRMC PLEDGES TO INCREASE COLORECTAL CANCER SCREENING RATES IN SULLIVAN COUNTY – 3/31/2016
March 31, 2016 – Harris, NY – In conjunction with National Colon Cancer Awareness Month, Catskill Regional Medical Center announced its pledge to help increase colorectal cancer screening rates in Sullivan County by supporting the 80% by 2018 initiative, led by the American Cancer Society (ACS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (an organization co-founded by the ACS and CDC).
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, physicians can find and remove hidden growths (called “polyps”) in the colon, before they become cancerous. Removing polyps can prevent cancer altogether.
“Colorectal cancer is a major public health problem, and adults age 50 and older should be regularly screened for it, but we have found that many people aren’t getting tested because they don’t believe they are at risk, don’t understand that there are testing options or don’t think they can afford it,” said Connie Bordenga, MD, MS, Health Systems Manager for the American Cancer Society. “The truth is that the vast majority of cases of colorectal cancer occur in people age 50 and older. Colorectal cancer in its’ early stages usually has no symptoms, so everyone 50 and older should get tested. There are several screening options available including home testing kits. Plus, many public and private insurance plans cover colorectal cancer screening and there may be local resources available to help those that are uninsured.”
“We are proud to join the cause to improve colorectal cancer screening rates,” said VP, Operations, Greater Hudson Valley Health System, Sandra Iberger. “We are asking all members of our community to come together and join Catskill Regional Medical Center by getting screened and talking to your friends and family who are over 50 years of age about getting screened. Together, we can help to eliminate colorectal cancer.”
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.
Contact your gastroenterologist today to schedule a colonoscopy. For more information about Endoscopy services offered at Catskill Regional Medical Center, visit https://crmcny.org/services/cancer-care.
Catskill Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.
“80% by 2018”
80 by 2018 is a National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT) initiative in which over 500 organizations have committed to substantially reducing colorectal cancer as a major public health problem and are working toward the shared goal of 80% of adults aged 50 and older being regularly screened for colorectal cancer by 2018. Leading public health organizations, such as ACS, CDC and the NCCRT are rallying organizations to embrace this shared goal.
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 health care providers, health 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.
From L to R: Greater Hudson Valley Health System Administrator of Oncology Services, Regina Toomey Bueno; Greater Hudson Valley Health System Vice President, Operations, Sandra Iberger; Catskill Regional Medical Center CEO & CMO, Gerard Galarneau; Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services, Rolland Bojo; Administrator of Nursing Professional Practice, Laura Northrup and American Cancer Society Health Systems Manager, Hospitals, Connie Bordenga, MD, MS, joined forces to sign a pledge in support of the 80% by 2018 initiative.