The 70x2020 Colorectal Cancer Screening Initiative is a statewide effort to ensure that at least 70 percent of all Mississippians are up-to-date with colorectal cancer screening recommendations by the year 2020.
This initiative is supported by a growing partnership of more than 30 organizations and individual champions. The three major sectors of this partnership are: 1) the general public and non-governmental organizations which promote the general welfare of the public; 2) health care providers and organizations affiliated with health professionals and the health care industry; and 3) governmental agencies which establish and enforce health-care policy.
Statistics show many Mississippians are diagnosed with colorectal cancer when it has advanced to a later stage. At that point, it is harder to treat and more people die of it. Colorectal cancer screening is an evidence-based strategy to reduce the incidence of colorectal cancer and save lives from this highly preventable disease.
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The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2015, 1,460 Mississippians will be newly diagnosed with colon cancer and 640 will die of it. Mississippi has the highest colorectal cancer death rate in the United States, and colorectal cancer is also the second-leading cause of cancer death in Mississippi.
Other surveys of Mississippians show fewer than 60 percent of those for whom colorectal cancer screening is recommended are screened. The 70x2020 initiative plans to lower colorectal cancer deaths by encouraging more Mississippians to be screened at the appropriate age and time.
In order to accomplish the goal of ensuring at least 70 percent colorectal cancer screening compliance by the year 2020, the 70x2020 Colorectal Cancer Screening Partnership is developing a strategic plan and implementing it through 10 major tactics. The long-range goal and the general approach of the 70x2020 Initiative is similar to that of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable; only our short-term milestones are different. The University of Mississippi Medical Center Cancer Institute represents the 70x2020 Partnership on the National Colorectal Roundtable and works with this professional network to ensure that evidence-based best practices are used throughout Mississippi.
National guidelines recommend all adults be screened for colorectal cancer beginning at age 50 with second screens at intervals their doctor recommends. Generally those with clear colonoscopy screening results would be screened again in 10 years, those who use stool-based screens such as FIT (fecal immunohistochemical tests) or high-sensitivity FOBT (fecal occult blood tests) must be screened every year. Those with a family history of colorectal cancer, African Americans and Jews of eastern European descent have a higher risk for colorectal cancer and should discuss the age at which they should begin screening with their doctor.
Explore this website to learn how you can help Mississippi eliminate needless and preventable deaths from colorectal cancer.
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