March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. “80% by 2018” is a National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable initiative in which hundreds of organizations have committed to substantially reducing colorectal cancer as a major public health problem for those 50 and older. Organizations are working toward the shared goal of 80% of adults aged 50 and older being regularly screened for colorectal cancer by 2018. The 80% by 2018 initiative is 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 ACS and CDC). As part of P2’s organization’s commitment to the 80% by 2018 initiative, the P2 Collaborative of WNY are asking you help them improve colorectal cancer screening rates throughout Western New York. P2 has joined forces with hundreds of local and national organizations to shine the light on this very important topic. They are now challenging their partners to join us. Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in the United States, despite being highly preventable, detectable, and treatable. Regular screening for colorectal cancer can reduce the number of people who die of this disease by at least 30%.
P2 believes that colorectal cancer is a major public health problem. Partners must come together to help eradicate colorectal cancer – and to save lives. Learn more about colorectal cancer and recommended screening tests at www.cancer.org/colon.