CRC News: July 14, 2022

Dear NCCRT Members:

 

We have several exciting updates to share with you this week.

Released Today: 2022 Messaging Guidebook for Black & African American People

We are excited to announce the release of the new 2022 Messaging Guidebook for Black & African American People: Messages to Motivate for Colorectal Cancer Screening, which highlights new market research focused on identifying barriers to colorectal cancer screening, describes preferred and trusted sources for receiving healthcare information, and provides research-tested messages to help encourage unscreened Black and African American people to seek colorectal cancer screening.

Black and African American people experience disproportionately high incidence and mortality rates from colorectal cancer, with colorectal cancer death rates almost 40% higher than those of white people. While screening is only one element of the work to address these colorectal cancer disparities, it is essential to promote screening in the best way possible. This new guidebook is intended to provide recommendations to enhance marketing and communication efforts while providing tools to strengthen communication campaigns that resonate with Black and African American communities.

Acknowledgements: The NCCRT would like to thank the Public Awareness & Social Media Strategic Priority Team and Advisory Committee, who generously offered their time and expertise to develop this guidebook’s research and content. We also want to extend a special thank you to Quest Diagnostics, the Association of Black Gastroenterologists and Hepatologists, and Elevance Health Foundation for their support and guidance in conducting the market research and developing this guidebook.

Spread the Word: We encourage you to share this new resource with your partners. Retweet from @NCCRTnews and visit the resource webpage to find sample social media posts, template newsletter blurbs, and a shareable graphic.

Thank you to the many members and partners that contributed to this very important resource! We are excited to see how you use these findings to reach the communities you serve.

 

Reminder: Register for the Webinar Release of NCCRT’s Newly Updated Steps Guide for Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening in Primary Care

Date: Monday, July 25, 2022

Time: 1:00-2:00 PM ET

 

Register now for the upcoming webinar release of NCCRT’s Steps for Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening: A Manual for Primary Care Practices, an updated second edition to the first edition originally published in 2014. This edition has been expanded to include all primary care settings and updated to reflect current guidelines, new screening modalities, 10 case studies of exemplary practice sites, and updated literature references. The first edition was one of the NCCRT’s most popular resources and has been instrumental in helping primary care practices throughout the United States achieve improvements in their colorectal cancer screening rates.

Speakers:
• Laura Makaroff, DO, Senior Vice President, Prevention and Early Detection, American Cancer Society
• Michelle Tropper, MPH, Director of Clinical Programs, Health Efficient
• Keith Winfrey, MD, MPH, FACP, Chief Medical Officer, New Orleans East Louisiana Community Health Center
• Frank Colangelo, MD, MS-HQS, Chief Quality Officer, Premier Medical Associates

Registration is free and is open to NCCRT members, 80% Pledge partners, CDC grantees, ACS and ACS CAN staff, and other partners working to increase colorectal cancer screening rates. Pre-registration is required.

Many thanks for the great work you do!

The NCCRT Team

CRC News: July 8, 2022

Proposed Medicare Rule Would Remove Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening

Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released proposed changes to the 2023 Medicare program that, if finalized, would eliminate cost sharing for colonoscopies after an abnormal, non-invasive screening test, and lower the minimum age of colorectal cancer screening to 45. The cost sharing loophole was addressed for individuals with private health plans and Medicaid expansion plans in May.

 

For years NCCRT members have been advocating for a policy fix to ensure patients do not receive charges for colonoscopies that follow an abnormal non-colonoscopy test. (The Affordable Care Act eliminates cost-sharing for United States Preventive Services Task Force–recommended preventative services for individuals who are privately insured, including screening for colorectal cancer, but some health plans have historically applied cost-sharing to follow-up colonoscopies.)

 

This is a tremendous development, thanks in no small part to the work of numerous NCCRT members, including the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), Fight Colorectal Cancer, and the American Gastroenterological Association.

 

Today’s is copied below. Watch this newsletter for further developments with this proposal.

 

Proposed Medicare Rule Would Remove Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening

 

Eliminating Cost Sharing for Complete Screening Will Reduce Health Disparities and Save Lives for Medicare Beneficiaries

 

WASHINGTON, D.C.—July 8, 2022— The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released proposed changes to the 2023 Medicare program that, if finalized, would eliminate cost sharing for colonoscopies after a positive non-invasive screening test, and lower the minimum age of colorectal cancer screening to 45. Lowering the minimum age of coverage from 50 to 45 and providing coverage of medically indicated follow-on colonoscopies with no cost sharing is consistent with the 2018 American Cancer Society screening guidelines and the 2021 United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) colorectal cancer screening guidelines. The proposal would also ensure that Medicare’s coverage provisions are consistent with private and Medicaid expansion plan requirements.

 

“We applaud CMS for proposing to eliminate barriers to cancer screening that will save lives,” said Lisa Lacasse, president of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN). “Currently most Medicare beneficiaries are assessed 20% cost sharing for follow-on colonoscopies after a positive non-invasive test, an anticipated cost that can result in delayed or skipped procedures with potentially life-threatening consequences due to imposing financial hardship for those on fixed incomes.”

 

Studies have demonstrated that delayed colonoscopies after an abnormal non-invasive screening test are associated with higher risk of colorectal cancer incidence, death, and late-stage colorectal cancer. The proposed rule would eliminate this barrier by clarifying that follow up colonoscopies would be covered at no additional cost sharing to beneficiaries beginning January 1, 2023.

 

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network together with Fight Colorectal Cancer and the American Gastroenterological Association advocated for this critical change that would result in cancer prevention and earlier stage colon and rectal cancer diagnoses when survival chances are greater, and the disease is less costly to treat.

 

“Removing this barrier to colorectal cancer screening is a critical step forward toward meeting the President’s Cancer Moonshot challenge to ‘end cancer as we know it,’” said Anjee Davis, President, Fight Colorectal Cancer. “We are grateful to CMS for issuing this proposed rule and, once finalized, it will help prevent more people from hearing the words ‘you have colorectal cancer.’”

 

“This is a win for all patients and should elevate our nation’s screening rates while lowering the overall cancer burden, saving lives. Importantly, the CMS proposed rule changes will lessen colorectal cancer disparities eliminating a financial burden for many patients,” said AGA president John Carethers, MD, AGAF.

The administration’s proposed change explicitly calls out policy alignment with the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, created by the American Cancer Society and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1997, as well as the American Cancer Society’s 2018 colorectal screening guideline, which notes, “Follow-up colonoscopy is an integral part of the screening process.”

 

“On behalf of cancer patients, survivors and those at risk of future diagnoses, we urge CMS to finalize this change to remove cost barriers to proven, colorectal cancer early detection,” Lacasse said.

 

Many thanks for the great work you do!

 

The NCCRT Team

 

CRC News: July 8, 2022

Proposed Medicare Rule Would Remove Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening

Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released proposed changes to the 2023 Medicare program that, if finalized, would eliminate cost sharing for colonoscopies after an abnormal, non-invasive screening test, and lower the minimum age of colorectal cancer screening to 45. The cost sharing loophole was addressed for individuals with private health plans and Medicaid expansion plans in May.

 

For years NCCRT members have been advocating for a policy fix to ensure patients do not receive charges for colonoscopies that follow an abnormal non-colonoscopy test. (The Affordable Care Act eliminates cost-sharing for United States Preventive Services Task Force–recommended preventative services for individuals who are privately insured, including screening for colorectal cancer, but some health plans have historically applied cost-sharing to follow-up colonoscopies.)

 

This is a tremendous development, thanks in no small part to the work of numerous NCCRT members, including the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), Fight Colorectal Cancer, and the American Gastroenterological Association.

 

Today’s is copied below. Watch this newsletter for further developments with this proposal.

 

Proposed Medicare Rule Would Remove Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening

 

Eliminating Cost Sharing for Complete Screening Will Reduce Health Disparities and Save Lives for Medicare Beneficiaries

 

WASHINGTON, D.C.—July 8, 2022— The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released proposed changes to the 2023 Medicare program that, if finalized, would eliminate cost sharing for colonoscopies after a positive non-invasive screening test, and lower the minimum age of colorectal cancer screening to 45. Lowering the minimum age of coverage from 50 to 45 and providing coverage of medically indicated follow-on colonoscopies with no cost sharing is consistent with the 2018 American Cancer Society screening guidelines and the 2021 United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) colorectal cancer screening guidelines. The proposal would also ensure that Medicare’s coverage provisions are consistent with private and Medicaid expansion plan requirements.

 

“We applaud CMS for proposing to eliminate barriers to cancer screening that will save lives,” said Lisa Lacasse, president of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN). “Currently most Medicare beneficiaries are assessed 20% cost sharing for follow-on colonoscopies after a positive non-invasive test, an anticipated cost that can result in delayed or skipped procedures with potentially life-threatening consequences due to imposing financial hardship for those on fixed incomes.”

 

Studies have demonstrated that delayed colonoscopies after an abnormal non-invasive screening test are associated with higher risk of colorectal cancer incidence, death, and late-stage colorectal cancer. The proposed rule would eliminate this barrier by clarifying that follow up colonoscopies would be covered at no additional cost sharing to beneficiaries beginning January 1, 2023.

 

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network together with Fight Colorectal Cancer and the American Gastroenterological Association advocated for this critical change that would result in cancer prevention and earlier stage colon and rectal cancer diagnoses when survival chances are greater, and the disease is less costly to treat.

 

“Removing this barrier to colorectal cancer screening is a critical step forward toward meeting the President’s Cancer Moonshot challenge to ‘end cancer as we know it,’” said Anjee Davis, President, Fight Colorectal Cancer. “We are grateful to CMS for issuing this proposed rule and, once finalized, it will help prevent more people from hearing the words ‘you have colorectal cancer.’”

 

“This is a win for all patients and should elevate our nation’s screening rates while lowering the overall cancer burden, saving lives. Importantly, the CMS proposed rule changes will lessen colorectal cancer disparities eliminating a financial burden for many patients,” said AGA president John Carethers, MD, AGAF.

The administration’s proposed change explicitly calls out policy alignment with the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, created by the American Cancer Society and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1997, as well as the American Cancer Society’s 2018 colorectal screening guideline, which notes, “Follow-up colonoscopy is an integral part of the screening process.”

 

“On behalf of cancer patients, survivors and those at risk of future diagnoses, we urge CMS to finalize this change to remove cost barriers to proven, colorectal cancer early detection,” Lacasse said.

 

Many thanks for the great work you do!

 

The NCCRT Team

 

CRC News: June 30, 2022

Dear NCCRT Members:

 

We have several exciting updates to share with you this week.

Register Now: Webinar Release of NCCRT’s Newly Updated Steps Guide for Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening in Primary Care

Date: Monday, July 25, 2022

Time: 1:00-2:00 PM ET

Register now for the upcoming webinar release of NCCRT’s Steps for Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening: A Manual for Primary Care Practices, an updated second edition to the first edition originally published in 2014. This edition has been expanded to include all primary care settings and updated to reflect current guidelines, new screening modalities, 10 case studies of exemplary practice sites, and updated literature references. The first edition was one of the NCCRT’s most popular resources and has been instrumental in helping primary care practices throughout the United States achieve improvements in their colorectal cancer screening rates.

Speakers:

  • Laura Makaroff, DO, Senior Vice President, Prevention and Early Detection, American Cancer Society
  • Michelle Tropper, MPH, Director of Clinical Programs, Health Efficient
  • Keith Winfrey, MD, MPH, FACP, Chief Medical Officer, New Orleans East Louisiana Community Health Center
  • Frank Colangelo, MD, MS-HQS, Chief Quality Officer, Premier Medical Associates

Registration is free and is open to NCCRT members, 80% Pledge partners, CDC grantees, ACS and ACS CAN staff, and other partners working to increase colorectal cancer screening rates. Pre-registration is required.

 

Replay Available: Webinar Preview of NCCRT’s New 2022 Messaging Guidebook for Black & African American People

Did you miss NCCRT’s webinar preview of the soon-to-be-released 2022 Messaging Guidebook for Black & African American People: Messages to Motivate for Colorectal Cancer Screening on June 21, 2022? Now you can ! The webinar provides an overview of the NCCRT market research findings, including barriers to CRC screening, preferred and trusted sources for receiving healthcare information, and research-tested messages that could help encourage unscreened Black and African American people to seek CRC screening. Watch for the guidebook release announcement in this newsletter in the next one to two weeks.

 

NCCRT Poster Wins 2nd Prize at Southeastern Regional Colorectal Cancer Consortium Conference!

The NCCRT staff attended the 6th annual Southeastern Colorectal Cancer Consortium hosted in Irving, Texas, on June 15-17, 2022. We congratulate the Southeastern Colorectal Cancer Consortium for hosting an invigorating conference. Our staff is honored to have received second place for our “Colorectal Cancer Screening Messaging Research: Messages to Motivate Black People & African Americans” poster.

 

Exact Sciences Releases Request for Proposal to New FOCUS Program

Exact Sciences, an NCCRT corporate association member, released a new opportunity through the Funding Opportunities for CRC Screening Uptake Strategies or FOCUS Program.

Exact Sciences encourages all interested parties to follow the link under the Intent to Apply section of the RFP on page 5 of the document to share their contact information for further outreach about this process. Additional application information will be shared with all interested parties at the beginning of July. The deadline to submit proposals is August 1, 2022. Email Meg Fischer, , with questions.

Prevent Cancer Foundation Research Program Call for Proposals

The Prevent Cancer Foundation, an NCCRT member, conducts a research program that aims to identify and fund innovative projects with the potential to contribute substantially to cancer prevention or early detection. The deadline to apply is July 11, 2022, at 11:59 pm ET.

 

National LGBT Cancer Network Announces the LGBTQ+ Colorectal Cancer Toolkit!

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This month the National LGBT Cancer Network released a Colorectal Cancer Toolkit that provides tailored materials for LGBTQ+ community members. Visit the microsite for information on colorectal cancer risk, screening test options, finding welcoming medical providers, as well as tips and information on cancer care management and survivorship.

 

Many thanks for the great work you do!

The NCCRT Team

CRC News: June 30, 2022

Dear NCCRT Members:

 

We have several exciting updates to share with you this week.

Register Now: Webinar Release of NCCRT’s Newly Updated Steps Guide for Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening in Primary Care

Date: Monday, July 25, 2022

Time: 1:00-2:00 PM ET

Register now for the upcoming webinar release of NCCRT’s Steps for Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening: A Manual for Primary Care Practices, an updated second edition to the first edition originally published in 2014. This edition has been expanded to include all primary care settings and updated to reflect current guidelines, new screening modalities, 10 case studies of exemplary practice sites, and updated literature references. The first edition was one of the NCCRT’s most popular resources and has been instrumental in helping primary care practices throughout the United States achieve improvements in their colorectal cancer screening rates.

Speakers:

  • Laura Makaroff, DO, Senior Vice President, Prevention and Early Detection, American Cancer Society
  • Michelle Tropper, MPH, Director of Clinical Programs, Health Efficient
  • Keith Winfrey, MD, MPH, FACP, Chief Medical Officer, New Orleans East Louisiana Community Health Center
  • Frank Colangelo, MD, MS-HQS, Chief Quality Officer, Premier Medical Associates

Registration is free and is open to NCCRT members, 80% Pledge partners, CDC grantees, ACS and ACS CAN staff, and other partners working to increase colorectal cancer screening rates. Pre-registration is required.

 

Replay Available: Webinar Preview of NCCRT’s New 2022 Messaging Guidebook for Black & African American People

Did you miss NCCRT’s webinar preview of the soon-to-be-released 2022 Messaging Guidebook for Black & African American People: Messages to Motivate for Colorectal Cancer Screening on June 21, 2022? Now you can ! The webinar provides an overview of the NCCRT market research findings, including barriers to CRC screening, preferred and trusted sources for receiving healthcare information, and research-tested messages that could help encourage unscreened Black and African American people to seek CRC screening. Watch for the guidebook release announcement in this newsletter in the next one to two weeks.

 

NCCRT Poster Wins 2nd Prize at Southeastern Regional Colorectal Cancer Consortium Conference!

The NCCRT staff attended the 6th annual Southeastern Colorectal Cancer Consortium hosted in Irving, Texas, on June 15-17, 2022. We congratulate the Southeastern Colorectal Cancer Consortium for hosting an invigorating conference. Our staff is honored to have received second place for our “Colorectal Cancer Screening Messaging Research: Messages to Motivate Black People & African Americans” poster.

 

Exact Sciences Releases Request for Proposal to New FOCUS Program

Exact Sciences, an NCCRT corporate association member, released a new opportunity through the Funding Opportunities for CRC Screening Uptake Strategies or FOCUS Program.

Exact Sciences encourages all interested parties to follow the link under the Intent to Apply section of the RFP on page 5 of the document to share their contact information for further outreach about this process. Additional application information will be shared with all interested parties at the beginning of July. The deadline to submit proposals is August 1, 2022. Email Meg Fischer, , with questions.

Prevent Cancer Foundation Research Program Call for Proposals

The Prevent Cancer Foundation, an NCCRT member, conducts a research program that aims to identify and fund innovative projects with the potential to contribute substantially to cancer prevention or early detection. The deadline to apply is July 11, 2022, at 11:59 pm ET.

 

National LGBT Cancer Network Announces the LGBTQ+ Colorectal Cancer Toolkit!

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This month the National LGBT Cancer Network released a Colorectal Cancer Toolkit that provides tailored materials for LGBTQ+ community members. Visit the microsite for information on colorectal cancer risk, screening test options, finding welcoming medical providers, as well as tips and information on cancer care management and survivorship.

 

Many thanks for the great work you do!

The NCCRT Team

CRC News: June 3, 2022

Dear NCCRT Members:

 

We have several exciting updates to share with you this week.

Register Now: Webinar Release of NCCRT’s New 2022 Messaging Guidebook for Black & African American People

 

Date: Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Time: 12:00-1:00 PM ET

Register now for the upcoming webinar release of NCCRT’s 2022 Messaging Guidebook for Black & African American People: Messages to Motivate for Colorectal Cancer Screening. You will receive an overview of the NCCRT market research findings, learn about identified barriers to CRC screening, understand preferred and trusted sources for receiving healthcare information, and learn about research-tested messages that could help encourage unscreened Black people and African Americans to seek CRC screening.

Black and African American people experience disproportionately high incidence and mortality rates from colorectal cancer (CRC), with CRC death rates almost 40% higher than those of white people. While screening is only one element of the work that needs to be done to address these CRC disparities, it is important to promote screening in the best way possible. This new guidebook is intended to provide you with information and tools to help you work towards closing disparity gaps by using effective, tailored cancer screening messaging to help motivate people to get screened.

Speakers:

  • Adjoa Anyane-Yeboa, MD, MPH, Board Member, Co-Founder, Association of Black Gastroenterologists & Hepatologists
  • Michelle Aubertine, MBA, Project Manager, KS&R
  • Folasade P. May, MD, PhD, MPhil, Board Member, Co-Founder, Association of Black Gastroenterologist & Hepatologists

NCCRT would like to thank Quest Diagnostics for supporting the development of this resource, as well as the numerous NCCRT members and partners that contributed their time and expertise.

Registration is free and is open to NCCRT members, 80% Pledge partners, CDC grantees, ACS and ACS CAN staff, and other partners working to increase colorectal cancer screening rates. Pre-registration is required.

Registration is open for NCCRT’s Next Blue Star Conversation!

Join us for our next Blue Star Conversation on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, from 12:00-1:00 PM ET. The upcoming “Demystifying Colorectal Cancer Screening Quality Measures: A Conversation with NCQA’s Mary Barton” will be hosted by the Policy Action Strategic Priority Team and will feature an interview with Mary Barton, MD MPP, Vice President of Performance Measurement at the National Committee of Quality Assurance (NCQA).

It’s been an exciting year with many policy successes, including adding CRC screening as a Medicaid measure and the elimination of cost sharing for colonoscopies that follow abnormal non-colonoscopy tests for private health plans. Now is your chance to ask an expert about what this all means for CRC screening tracking at the health plan level.

NCCRT’s Blue Star Conversations is a series of one-hour programs that feature a brief and topical presentation or interview followed by interactive discussion and regrouping for key takeaways. Each conversation in the series is hosted by one of NCCRT’s six Strategic Priority Teams.

Registration is open to NCCRT members and CDC’s Colorectal Cancer Control Program and Comprehensive Cancer Control Program grantees.

Do you need to update your NCCRT member representatives? Or are you unsure of who is on our lists? Please email nccrt@cancer.org.

Resource Updates: How Can Employers and Survivors & Families Save More Lives from Colorectal Cancer?

We encourage you to review and circulate our newly updated briefs on how employers and survivors and families can help advance the shared goal to reach colorectal cancer screening rates of 80% and higher in adults ages 45 and older. An update to our brief for women’s health providers was also released last month.

Visit the NCCRT resource Center to download these newly updated resources and share them in your networks to equip your partners with action steps to advance 80% in Every Community. Please also keep an eye out for additional NCCRT resource updates coming soon

Save the Date: 2022 NCCRT Annual Meeting

We hope you are already saving the date for the November 16-18, 2022, in Baltimore, MD.

A personalized link to registration will be emailed to NCCRT member representatives in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, please email if you need to update your NCCRT member representatives or if you are you unsure of who is on our lists.

Many thanks for the great work you do!

The NCCRT Team

CRC News: May 11, 2022

Dear NCCRT Members:

 

We have several exciting updates to share with you this week.

Registration is open for NCCRT’s Next Blue Star Conversation!

Join us for our next Blue Star Conversation on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, from 12:00-1:00 PM ET. The upcoming “Demystifying Colorectal Cancer Screening Quality Measures: A Conversation with NCQA’s Mary Barton” will be hosted by the Policy Action Strategic Priority Team and will feature an interview with Mary Barton, MD MPP, Vice President of Performance Measurement at the National Committee of Quality Assurance (NCQA).

It’s been an exciting year with many policy successes, including adding CRC screening as a Medicaid measure and the elimination of cost sharing for colonoscopies that follow abnormal non-colonoscopy tests for private health plans. Now is your chance to ask an expert about what this all means for CRC screening tracking at the health plan level.

NCCRT’s Blue Star Conversations is a series of one-hour programs that feature a brief and topical presentation or interview followed by interactive discussion and regrouping for key takeaways. Each conversation in the series is hosted by one of NCCRT’s six Strategic Priority Teams.

Registration is open to NCCRT members and CDC’s Colorectal Cancer Control Program and Comprehensive Cancer Control Program grantees.

Do you need to update your NCCRT member representatives? Or are you unsure of who is on our lists? Please email nccrt@cancer.org.

We hope you will join us for the next program in this exciting new series! .

Resource Update: How Can Women’s Health Providers Save More Lives from Colorectal Cancer?

May 8-14, 2022 is National Women’s Health Week, the perfect time to review and circulate our newly updated brief on how women’s health providers can help advance the shared goal to reach colorectal cancer screening rates of 80% and higher in adults ages 45 and older.

NCCRT would like to thank the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists for supporting the development of this resource, and for their longtime commitment to advancing colorectal cancer screening as an NCCRT member.

Visit the NCCRT Resource Center to download this newly updated resource and share in your networks to equip women’s health providers with six action steps to advance 80% in Every Community. Please also keep an eye out for additional NCCRT resource updates coming soon!

 

New NCCN CRC Screening Guideline for Patients Now Available in 18 Languages

In December 2021, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN®) announced the publication of new a free guide for patients and caregivers that breaks down the different ways screening can be done and explains the recommended timing according to the latest research. The guidelines are now available in 18 languages.

NCCRT Member Events

 

Many thanks for the great work you do!

The NCCRT Team

 

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CRC News: April 13, 2022

Dear NCCRT Members:

 

We have several exciting updates to share with you this week.

Save The Date: 2022 NCCRT Annual Meeting!

We hope you will save the dates to join us for NCCRT’s 26th Annual Meeting on November 16-18, 2022. We are thrilled to share that we’re planning to meet in-person in the DC/Baltimore area. We will share further details on the agenda, hotel, and registration in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, please mark your calendars! Updates will be shared in this newsletter and on the event webpage.

Inaugural Blue Star Conversation a Success!

NCCRT has launched a new series called Blue Star Conversations. Each webinar in this series will include a brief, timely, topical presentation (generally 15-20 minutes) followed by small group discussions among participants, and a sharing of key takeaways with the larger group. These conversations are hosted by one of NCCRT’s six Strategic Priority Teams (SPT). The first session held on March 29, 2022, was hosted by the Family History & Early-Age CRC SPT and featured SPT co-chair Heather Hampel, MS, LGC, City of Hope National Medical Center, presenting the findings from the recent publication A High Percentage of Early-age Onset Colorectal Cancer is Potentially Preventable, published in Gastroenterology. View the recorded presentation and key takeaways from the breakout discussions.

We hope you will join us for the next edition of the exciting new series—the date for which will be shared very soon! And please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have an idea for a topic that could be a good fit for your SPT. Please send your ideas to Kaitlin Sylvester, Director, NCCRT – Programs & Partnerships, at Kaitlin.Sylvester@cancer.org.

 

Many thanks for the great work you do!

The NCCRT Team

 

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CRC News: March 22, 2022

Replay Available: 2022 Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Webcast

Did you miss NCCRT’s annual Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Webcast on March 8, 2022? Now you can watch the replay! Watch the webcast to learn about national achievements and to hear the latest state of the field updates that inform our work.

Today is Lynch Syndrome Awareness Day

Join numerous NCCRT members and partners in bringing awareness to Lynch syndrome, a syndrome which can greatly increase a person’s risk for colorectal cancer. The lifetime risk of colorectal cancer in people with Lynch Syndrome can range from about 10% to about 80%, depending on which gene mutation is causing the syndrome.

 

NCCRT member AliveAndKickn is hosting a series of Lynch Syndrome Patient Community Discussions from March through August 2022. Each session will feature a Living with Lynch patient video followed by live discussions around each topic. Learn more on the Living with Lynch website (a collaboration with the Colon Cancer Coalition, another NCCRT member) and register for first the first virtual Patient Community Discussion tonight at 7:00pm ET.

Resource Update: The Dos And Don’ts Of Colorectal Cancer Screening

This newly updated one-page flyer may be used to remind clinicians about some of the dos and don’ts when it comes to colorectal cancer screening. The flyer was updated in March 2022 to reflect the colorectal cancer screening starting age of 45 for average risk patients. Partners have the option to cobrand the flyer with their organization’s logo.

 

Download this newly updated resource and watch for additional resource updates coming soon!

CRC News: March 8, 2022

Last Call to Register for our Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Webcast!

Registration is still open for NCCRT’s annual National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Webcast today from 2-3:00 PM ET. We hope you will join us to celebrate and learn about the work of our 2022 80% in Every Community National Achievement Award honorees and to hear the latest state of the field updates that inform our work. The webcast will be recorded and posted to www.nccrt.org this week for those of you that are not able to attend the live program.

Did you wear your best blue for Dress in Blue Day last Friday? Send your Dress in Blue photo to nccrt@cancer.org by 1pm ET today and we’ll share as many as we can on our webcast this afternoon!

 

Reminder: Register for Let’s Beat Colorectal Cancer – An Update for the Black Community

The NCCRT is proud to sponsor an upcoming Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month event from the Association of Black Gastroenterologists and Hepatologists (ABGH). Join the ABGH on March 10, 2022 from 8:00-9:00 PM ET to learn about what colorectal cancer is, find out what’s new with colorectal cancer screening and how to get screened, and hear powerful stories from survivors and caregivers. Register at letsbeatcrc.eventbrite.com. Follow ABGH at www.blackingastro.org.

 

Thinking about Applying for NCCRT Membership?

If your organization is considering applying to be a member of the NCCRT, now is the time! While most of our content and programs are open to members and partners alike, we are launching a new member benefit later this month. Read on to learn about this new member webinar series and review our membership overview and application if you think membership might be a good fit for your organization. Questions? Email nccrt@cancer.org.

The NCCRT is excited to announce the launch of Blue Star Conversations, a new series of one-hour programs that will feature a brief, timely, topical presentation (just 15-20 minutes) followed by small group member discussions and regrouping for key takeaways. Each conversation in the series will be hosted by one of NCCRT’s six Strategic Priority Teams.

The first Blue Star Conversation will take place on Tuesday, March 29, 2022, from 12:00-1:00 PM ET. The inaugural conversation, What Proportion of Early-Onset Colorectal Cancer is Potentially Preventable Based on Family History and Genetics?, will be hosted by the Family History & Early Age Onset Strategic Priority Team and will feature Heather Hampel, MS, LGC, of City of Hope National Medical Center and co-chair of the Strategic Priority Team, who will present findings from the recent publication, A High Percentage of Early-age Onset Colorectal Cancer Is Potentially Preventable, published in Gastroenterology.

Registration is open to NCCRT members and CDC’s Colorectal Cancer Control Program and Comprehensive Cancer Control Program grantees. Not yet an NCCRT member? Now’s the time to apply! Email nccrt@cancer.org.

 

Last Call for Nominations for the 2022 Cancer Prevention Laurels Awards

The NCCRT is pleased to join the Prevent Cancer Foundation as co-sponsors of their prestigious Laurel awards program. Awards will be made in these categories to recognize work in any area of cancer prevention or early detection, especially in times of COVID:

  • Cancer Prevention Laurel for National Leadership
  • Cancer Prevention Laurel for Dedication to Community Service
  • Cancer Prevention Laurel for Increasing Health Equity through Innovation

Honorees will be recognized at the 2022 Prevent Cancer Dialogue June 9-10, 2022 in Arlington, VA. Submit your nominations by COB on Monday, March 14.

 

Positions Open with American Cancer Society National Roundtables

The American Cancer Society is seeking applicants for several positions with national roundtables, including the National Lung Cancer Roundtable and the newly launching National Breast Cancer Roundtable and National Cervical Cancer Roundtable. Visit the ACS employment opportunities website to learn more.

National Breast Cancer Roundtable

  • Director, National Breast Cancer Roundtable
  • Program Manager, National Breast Cancer Roundtable

National Cervical Cancer Roundtable

  • Director, National Cervical Cancer Roundtable

National Lung Cancer Roundtable

  • Program Manager, National Lung Cancer Roundtable