Achieving 80% Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates in Every Community
80% in Every Community is an NCCRT initiative that continues the progress and commitment from 80% by 2018, and reemphasizes our dedication to partnership, collective action, and the pooling of resources to reach 80% colorectal cancer screening rates nationally. Our shared efforts are working, community health clinics, health plans, employers, counties, and others are seeing 80% screening rates and higher.
But not everyone is benefiting equally. There are still too many communities with lower colorectal cancer screening rates – rural communities, certain racial and ethnic communities, low income communities. We will continue working to bring down barriers to screening, because everyone deserves to live a life free from colorectal cancer. Our mission isn’t achieved until we see 80% screening rates in every community.
Colorectal Cancer is a Major Public Health Problem
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. when men and women are combined, but it doesn’t have to be. Few preventive interventions are as reliably effective in reducing avoidable death as screening for colorectal cancer. Learn more at the Data and Progress page.
Estimated adults diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2019
1 in 3
Adults ages 50-75 is not getting screened as recommended
Organizations and entities have achieved an 80% colorectal cancer screening rate or higher.
Additional U.S. adults (50-75) screened between 2012 and 2016
Learn about the measures we are tracking to assess our progress.
Recognizing individuals and organizations who are dedicating their time, talent and expertise to advancing needed initiatives that support the shared goal to reach 80% screening rates nationally.
The 80% by 2018 campaign tapped into individual and organizational values, and it created an opportunity to do something bigger and better through collaborating with various partners–both within and beyond our typical public-health-focused community. We believe the value of these partnerships will prove to have a long-lasting impact as we continue to strive for 80%, but even more, what we’ve built in our local communities and across the country can be leveraged to achieve other health goals.
We all have a role to play in saving lives from colorectal cancer. Learn how you can support 80% in Every Community.
Please Note: While 80% in Every Community is a new campaign, the wide array of resources currently housed in the NCCRT Resource Center are still practical, current, and useful guides for improving colorectal cancer screening rates across many settings and communities. We encourage you to continue using and adapting these resources as we update materials to reflect the new campaign slogan over the coming months.