This Week in CHCACTion!
March 11, 2019
This Week in CHCACTivities
This month, CHCACT and other health organizations across the nation acknowledge Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month! Colorectal Cancer (CRC) – cancer of the colon and rectum – is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in Connecticut and in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. This year, the American Cancer Society estimates that a combined 145,600 newly diagnosed colorectal cancer cases and 51,020 CRC-related deaths will occur in the United States.
Colorectal cancer screening and subsequent early detection saves lives and, in combination with a healthy diet and regular exercise, can reduce one’s risk for CRC. However, about one fourth of individuals age 50 through 75 (the recommended CRC-screening age range) have not been screened. Connecticut ranks among the top five in CRC screening rates; yet, it remains below the nationwide goal initiated by the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT) to reach an 80% screening rate of all eligible individuals in the US by 2018.
While Connecticut’s screening rate is higher in comparison to its counterpart states, data show that across the US, certain demographic groups continue to experience lower CRC screening rates, including Hispanic, Asian or Pacific Islanders, persons living in rural areas, individuals with lower socioeconomic status and individuals with minimal education.
Connecticut FQHCs serve 76% of all people living in poverty within the state and 70,125 of their total patients are between age 50 and 75. Among those in this age group, only 51.7% had received an appropriate colorectal cancer screening in 2017, signifying the need for more collaborative work to identify and address the barriers to timely colorectal screening among CT’s FQHC patients.
CHCACT aims to work with FQHCs and other stakeholders within the state, including the American Cancer Society’s Connecticut Chapter, toward achieving 80% screening in every community.
Many CT health centers can provide colorectal cancer screening on-site; others refer to local community providers. If you are due for a routine screening, schedule an appointment at your local community health center or talk to your doctor about which tests are right for you.
Have a great week!
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3.7.19 Norwich Bulletin — UCFS and Norwich Public Schools to Host Events
3.6.19 CT NewsJunkie — Murphy – ACA Will Be on 2020 Ballot
3.5.19 CT Mirror — Legislation Would Require Insurers to Submit Annual Reports on Parity
3.8.19 Kaiser Health News — Lawmakers United Against High Drug Prices Bare Partisan Teeth
3.7.19 AAFP Leader Voices Blog — Spread the Word: Teaching Health Centers Deserve Support
3.5.19 Vox — A Second Person May be Cured of HIV
3.5.19 NPR — FDA Approves Esketamine Nasal Spray for Hard-to-Treat Depression
3.4.19 Governing — Opioid Epidemic and Syphilis Outbreaks Complicate Trump’s HIV Plan