CRC News: June 30, 2020

Dear NCCRT Members and 80% Partners,

We hope you and your families are staying safe and well. We have several updates to share with you this week.

NCCRT Releases New Playbook on CRC Screening During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This just released resource from the NCCRT provides an action-oriented playbook to be adopted throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and aims to align NCCRT members, 80% pledged partners, and colorectal cancer screening advocates across the nation to work together to reignite our screening efforts appropriately, safely, and equally for all communities.

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged efforts to address inadequate screening and inequities in colorectal cancer outcomes, hindering the progress toward our 80% in Every Community goals. In the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, leading agencies, such as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the American Cancer Society, made recommendations to delay all non-urgent procedures. Colonoscopies to detect colorectal cancer have been delayed or cancelled and patient fears about contracting COVID-19 have led to further reductions in screening. This drop has raised concern that COVID-19 related screening delays will lead to missed and advanced stage colorectal cancer diagnoses and to excess deaths from colorectal cancer. Moreover, this burden will likely not be evenly distributed as screening disparities may be exacerbated in communities and populations that are disadvantaged by both old and new challenges in the COVID-19 era.

The colorectal cancer fighting community stands prepared and well-positioned to respond to and overcome the difficult task ahead, and this document offers the latest data, research, and clinical guidelines available. A special note of recognition to our playbook authors: Durado Brooks, Rachel Issaka, Steven Itzkowitz, Michael Sapienza, Ma Somsouk, and Richard Wender.

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New Summary Report on Links of Care Pilot to Increase CRC Screening for Underserved Patients

The newly released report, Report on a Pilot Project to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates and Ensure Access to Specialty Care for Underserved Patients, provides an overview of the Links of Care pilot project (2015-2017), which implemented evidence-based strategies to increase screening rates and timely access to specialists after abnormal screenings in three Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). Participating FQHCs successfully increased CRC screening rates by 8-28 percentage points, secured low- or no-cost colonoscopies from specialty care providers, and implemented patient navigation to ensure timely follow-up to diagnostic services. The report outlines key facilitators to success. Congratulations to the evaluators and authors that contributed to this publication, Lesley Watson, Kara Riehman, Mary Doroshenk, Rentonia Williams, Vonda Evans, Lynn Basilio, Maryanne Goss, and Roshan Paudel, as well as the numerous individuals that contributed to the pilot projects’ success.

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New Mailed FIT Publication

In June 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) convened a meeting of subject matter experts and stakeholders to answer key questions regarding mailed (fecal immunochemical test) FIT implementation in the United States. The recently released publication, Mailed fecal immunochemical test outreach for colorectal cancer screening: Summary of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention–sponsored summit, summarizes points of agreement and includes practical recommendations for implementation. Report authors include numerous NCCRT members and two NCCRT Steering Committee members, Gloria Coronado and Lisa Richardson.

National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Issues New CRC Screening Guidelines

On June 8th, the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®) issued Version 2.2020 of the Colorectal Cancer Screening guidelines. Access for registered users is available on the NCCN website.

Reminder: Request for Proposals to Update NCCRT’s Steps Guide to CRC Screening for Community Health Centers

The NCCRT is seeking proposals to update, revise, and modernize the signature NCCRT resource, Steps for Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates: A Manual for Community Health Centers, originally published in 2014. The Steps Guide provides succinct steps-by-step instructions for community health center teams for implementing screening programs and policies along with guidance on evaluation and outcome tracking. We are now seeking a contractor to update the guide to reflect current evidence-based best practices, include recent case examples, expand relevancy to all primary care settings, and to include a “how to” brief on timely follow up to abnormal stool-based test results. The deadline for proposals is July 18th, 2020.

Please email Caleb Levell, NCCRT co-director, (caleb.levell@cancer.org) with any questions related to the RFP. We also welcome your suggestions for potential vendors. Email notification of intent to apply and questions regarding the proposal are due July 8th, 2020. All questions and answers will be posted to the RFP webpage.

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Many thanks for the great work you do.

The NCCRT Team

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CRC News: June 18, 2020

Dear NCCRT Members and 80% Partners,

We hope you and your families are staying safe and well. We have a few updates to share with you this week.

Request for Proposals to Update NCCRT’s Steps Guide to CRC Screening for Community Health Centers

Today, the NCCRT issued a request for proposals to update, revise, and modernize the signature NCCRT resource, Steps for Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates: A Manual for Community Health Centers, originally published in 2014. The Steps Guide provides succinct steps-by-step instructions for community health center teams for implementing screening programs and policies along with guidance on evaluation and outcome tracking. We are now seeking a contractor to update the guide to reflect current evidence-based best practices, include recent case examples, expand relevancy to all primary care settings, and to include a “how to” brief on timely follow up to abnormal stool-based test results. The deadline for proposals is July 18th, 2020.

Please email Caleb Levell, NCCRT co-director, (caleb.levell@cancer.org) with any questions related to the RFP. We also welcome your suggestions for potential vendors. Email notification of intent to apply and questions regarding the proposal are due July 8th, 2020. All questions and answers will be posted to the RFP webpage.
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New Publication Summarizes NCCRT’s Past, Present, and Future Goals

The journal Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Clinics of North America recently published The National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable: Past Performance, Current and Future Goals, which summarizes NCCRT’s evolution and successes since it’s inception in 1997. The paper includes a focus on the history of and milestones achieved with NCCRT’s campaigns to reach and exceed colorectal cancer screening rates of 80% and higher nationwide. Congratulations to the authors, Richard Wender, Durado Brooks, Katherine Sharpe, and Mary Doroshenk.

COVID-19 & Colorectal Cancer Screening Letter Signing Opportunity

Fight Colorectal Cancer, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), and the Prevent Cancer Foundation, shared the following letter signing opportunity:

Join Fight Colorectal Cancer, ACS CAN, and the Prevent Cancer Foundation in urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to waive cost-sharing for patients who receive a positive result following a non-invasive colorectal cancer screening test.

Due to the risks associated with COVID-19, most cancer screening, including colonoscopies, have been indefinitely postponed. At a time when patients cannot or may not be willing to go into a doctor’s office for screening, we believe that encouraging the use of at-home, non-invasive screening tests is a good solution to help keep those at average risk for colorectal cancer up to date on screening during this challenging time. Patients should be able to utilize non-invasive testing options and complete their screening with a colonoscopy, if necessary, without the fear of out-of-pocket costs, particularly during these difficult times.

Click HERE to read the letter. Email Fight Colorectal Cancer’s Director of Advocacy, Molly McDonnell, at molly@fightcrc.org if you wish to add your organization’s name to this letter. Please respond by COB, Wednesday, June 24th.

Many thanks for the great work you do.

The NCCRT Team

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CRC News: June 5, 2020

Dear NCCRT Members and 80% Partners,

We would like to take a moment to address the current tragic events of racial injustice that are causing pain and heartache across the country. We, too, are saddened and distressed by the senseless deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd and the many other black individuals whose name we may never know.

Health equity has always been one of our core values, but this week, we recognize more than ever that the inequities and injustices we must conquer to achieve health equity extend far beyond access to colorectal cancer screening and follow up care. They are rooted in structural racism, poverty, and other social determinants of health. Colorectal cancer does not affect everyone equally; incidence and mortality are highest in blacks, and we see disparate impacts in many groups. We as a nation and as the public health community have much work to do to address the systemic inequities that lead to health disparities. We are committed to doing our part, together with you, because everyone deserves to live a healthy life with equal opportunity.

We’re also heartened to see so many of our members and partners act, look inward, and reach outward to explore new ways to work toward a brighter future. We will share just a few items here, but will look to continue disseminating other articles of commentary and action with our members in future communications. The American Cancer Society is one of many organizations that released a statement that echoes our commitment to health equity. Our member gastroenterological societies have also released a joint statement voicing a pledge to lead change. As we close, we remind ourselves that addressing health disparities is at the heart of the 80% in Every Community campaign, and we are lucky to have you all as incredible organizations, leaders, and voices that are so determined in making our response united and impactful.

The NCCRT Team

Replay of NCCRT Webinar on Findings from Colorectal Cancer Statistics 2020

In case you missed it, a replay of the May 18th webinar, Colorectal Cancer Burden Shifting to Younger Individuals: A close look at what the most recent data tells us about colorectal cancer incidence, mortality, and screening rates, is now available. The webinar offered a close look at the findings from Colorectal Cancer Statistics 2020, and featured lead author Rebecca Siegel, MPH, Scientific Director, Surveillance Research, and Robert Smith, PhD, Senior Vice President of Cancer Screening, both at ACS. Slides are also available for download.
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New Colorectal Cancer Screening CME Opportunity

The University of North Texas Health Science Center, the American Cancer Society in Texas, the Texas colorectal cancer task force, and Incedo, a technology services firm, recently collaborated to develop a no cost colorectal cancer CME webinar opportunity authored by Dr. Richard Wender, NCCRT chair. The activity discusses the latest guidelines and methods for colorectal cancer screening and why increasing rates are important to health professionals. This activity was designed for physicians, medical assistants, nurses and public health workers and is approved for 1.0 credit.

2020 Prevent Cancer Dialogue Webcast Series

The Prevent Cancer Foundation announced the 2020 Prevent Cancer Dialogue will be offered in a virtual format with a three-part webinar series on cancer prevention, screening, and action. The third webinar in the series, Challenges and Opportunities for Cancer Prevention and Screening in Indian Country on Wednesday, July 1, 12:30-4:30pm ET, will include presentations on colorectal cancer screening.

Open Position with the Colorectal Cancer Alliance

The Colorectal Cancer Alliance is seeking applicants for a Vice President of Prevention who will be passionate about colorectal cancer screening and prevention efforts and work tirelessly to increase screening rates to save lives.

Relevant Journal Articles and Publications

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CRC News: May 18, 2020

Dear NCCRT Members and 80% Partners,

We hope you and your families are staying safe and well. We have a few news updates to share with you this week.

Webinar Today to Share Findings from Colorectal Cancer Statistics 2020

Webinar: Colorectal Cancer Burden Shifting to Younger Individuals: A close look at what the most recent data tells us about colorectal cancer incidence, mortality, and screening rates

Date: Monday, May 18, 2020

Time: 1:00 to 2:00 PM ET

It’s not too late to register to join us for our webinar today to take a close look at the findings from Colorectal Cancer Statistics 2020, a recent American Cancer Society (ACS) publication released on March 5th. According to the report, the burden of colorectal cancer is swiftly shifting to younger individuals as incidence increases in young adults and declines in older age groups. Learn about these findings and more in this webinar featuring report lead author Rebecca Siegel, MPH, Scientific Director, Surveillance Research, and Robert Smith, PhD, Senior Vice President of Cancer Screening, both at ACS. Pre-registration is required.

PLEASE NOTE: The date of this webinar has been moved from May 11 to May 18, 1-2 pm ET, to accommodate a new platform. Participants will need to re-register.
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NCCRT & Colorectal Cancer Alliance Convene Expert Panel to Explore Colorectal Cancer Screening in the COVID-19 Era

COVID-19 has produced far-reaching and significant health impacts, including a drastic reduction in all cancer screenings. In response, NCCRT and the Colorectal Cancer Alliance convened a panel of prevention and screening experts to offer a united response and propose national guidance on improving colorectal cancer screening rates during the COVID-19 era.

The expert panel discussion, which occurred on May 5, produced four critical points from which further communications and recommendations will emerge:

  1. Despite the challenges we face during the pandemic, we must provide the public with safe opportunities to prevent and detect disease whenever possible.
  2. Colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable cancers.
  3. During a time when availability of elective screening colonoscopy may be limited by the COVID pandemic, CRC screening can be safely offered through at-home stool-based tests. A positive stool-based test identifies an individual with a higher risk of CRC, for whom colonoscopy should be prioritized.
  4. Resumption of screening activities and public messaging will be highly dependent upon regulatory requirements in local geographic areas, public health priorities and community perceptions of safety.

NCCRT, in collaboration with the Colorectal Cancer Alliance and other stakeholders, will continue working on communications and recommendations for the public, media and healthcare professionals over the coming months. We look forward to sharing more with you soon.
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Relevant Journal Articles and Publications

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The NCCRT Team

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Expert Stakeholder Panel Focuses on Colorectal Cancer Screening in the COVID-19 Era

COVID-19 has produced far-reaching and significant health impacts, including a drastic reduction in all cancer screenings. In response, national nonprofit Colorectal Cancer Alliance and the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable—an organization founded by the American Cancer Society and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—convened a panel of prevention and screening experts to offer a united response and propose national guidance on improving colorectal cancer screening rates during the COVID-19 era. 

Colorectal cancer screenings have dropped by 86% relative to averages prior to January 20, 2020, according to an analysis by Epic Health Research Network. As a result, Americans are at risk of up to 18,000 missed or delayed colorectal cancer diagnoses in the early March to early June timeframe, according to a report by the IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science.

“Colorectal cancer rates will not relent in the face of COVID-19 and neither can the healthcare leaders working to stop this deadly but highly preventable disease,” said Michael Sapienza, CEO of the Colorectal Cancer Alliance. “It was hard enough to convince people to go get screened for this disease without COVID-19, now we face even more severe challenges.” 

The expert panel discussion, which occured on May 5, produced four critical points from which further communications and recommendations will emerge:

  1. Despite the challenges we face during the pandemic, we must provide the public with safe opportunities to prevent and detect disease whenever possible.  
  2. Colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable cancers.
  3. During a time when availability of elective screening colonoscopy may be limited by the COVID-19 pandemic, colorectal cancer screening can be safely offered through at-home stool-based tests. A positive stool-based test identifies an individual with a higher risk of colorectal cancer, for whom colonoscopy should be prioritized.
  4. Resumption of screening activities and public messaging will be highly dependent upon regulatory requirements in local geographic areas and public health priorities.

Individuals should speak with their doctors about the best colorectal cancer prevention plan for them.

In 2020, the American Cancer Society estimates that 147,950 will be diagnosed with this disease and approximately 53,280 will die, making colorectal cancer the second-leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. when men and women are combined. Screening can prevent many cases of colorectal cancer through the detection and removal of precancerous growths. Colorectal cancer screening can also detect cancer at an early stage, when treatment is usually less extensive and more successful. Patients have access to a variety of screening options that are safe, affordable and in some cases, can be performed at home.

“COVID-19 is one of most extraordinarily complex issues we’ve ever encountered in health care, due to the demographic variability and unique challenges it presents both the public and healthcare workers, including the emotional aspects,” said Dr. Richard Wender, Chair of the NCCRT. “I believe we need to figure out how to start screening as soon as we can, and I believe we can do it safely.”

At a time when various stakeholders are engaging in battle on the frontlines against COVID-19, the panelists engaged in thoughtful discussion about the long-term health, moral and economic consequences on colorectal cancer screening. The multi-stakeholder panel uniquely represented a variety of perspectives, including professional associations, public health organizations, patient organizations, screening companies and other thought leaders committed to preventing colorectal cancer and providing the safest recommendations for screening to the public. The Colorectal Cancer Alliance, NCCRT and the other represented organizations panel will continue working on communications and recommendations for the public, media and healthcare professionals. 

About the Colorectal Cancer Alliance

The Colorectal Cancer Alliance is a national nonprofit committed to ending colorectal cancer. Working with our nation of passionate allies, we diligently support the needs of patients and families, caregivers, and survivors; eagerly raise awareness of preventive screening; and continually strive to fund critical research. As allies in the struggle, we are fiercely determined to end colorectal cancer within our lifetime. Learn more at www.ccalliance.org

About the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable

The National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, established by the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 1997, is a national coalition of public organizations, private organizations, voluntary organizations and invited individuals. The coalition is dedicated to reducing the incidence of and mortality from colorectal cancer in the U.S., through coordinated leadership, strategic planning, and advocacy. The ultimate goal of the NCCRT is to increase the use of proven colorectal cancer screening tests among the entire population for whom screening is appropriate. The NCCRT established the 80% in Every Community initiative which is dedicated to partnership, collective action, and the pooling of resources to reach 80% colorectal cancer screening rates nationally. Learn more at www.nccrt.org/.

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Maurisa Turner Potts
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CRC News: May 4, 2020

Dear NCCRT Members and 80% Partners,

We hope you and your families are staying safe and well. We have a few news updates to share with you this week.

New Date and Registration: Webinar on Recent Report that Finds CRC Burden Shifting to Younger Individuals

Webinar: Colorectal Cancer Burden Shifting to Younger Individuals: A close look at what the most recent data tells us about colorectal cancer incidence, mortality, and screening rates

Date: Monday, May 18, 2020

Time: 1:00 to 2:00 PM ET We hope you will be able to join us on May 18th to take a close look at the findings from Colorectal Cancer Statistics 2020, a recent American Cancer Society publication released on March 5th. According to the report, the burden of colorectal cancer is swiftly shifting to younger individuals as incidence increases in young adults and declines in older age groups. Learn about these findings and more in this webinar featuring report lead author Rebecca Siegel, MPH, Scientific Director, Surveillance Research, at the American Cancer Society.

Pre-registration is required.

Please Note: We apologize for the inconvenience, but you will need to register for the webinar again even if you registered for the previously scheduled date since we are using a new webinar platform. Please follow the link below to complete your registration.
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NCCRT Leadership News

We wanted to share the news with you that NCCRT chair, Dr. Richard Wender’s, position as the American Cancer Society’s Chief Cancer Control Officer was eliminated as part of organizational restructuring and his last day was April 24th. He shared that he is humbled and proud to have had the opportunity to serve as the ACS Chief Cancer Control Officer and that his work with NCCRT and our 80% campaigns has been a true highlight of his work with ACS. We look forward to continuing to work with Dr. Wender in his on-going role as NCCRT chair.

Colorectal Cancer Screening & COVID-19

The NCCRT leadership and steering committee are exploring ways to coordinate our response to COVID-19 and the evolving impacts to colorectal cancer screening. Goals include better understanding the implications to our current and future work, reuniting within the 80% in Every Community campaign, and providing guidance to our partners on how to reinvigorate our screening efforts once it is safe to do so. We look forward to sharing more with you soon.

Southeastern Colorectal Cancer Consortium Conference Update

The Southeastern Colorectal Cancer Consortium Conference will be postponed to Spring/Summer 2021 in Kentucky. However, the planning committee is organizing a 2-hour virtual conference on June 9th at 12pm CST/1pm EST. This mini-conference will explore important issues around how to plan and rethink colorectal cancer moving forward, what are the impacts of COVID-19 on health disparities and provide you with an overview of what you can look forward to during next year’s meeting.

Many thanks for the great work you do.

The NCCRT Team

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CRC News: April 24, 2020

Hello NCCRT Members and 80% Pledged Partners,

We are writing today to share a timely announcement and a new educational opportunity from the American Cancer Society.

American Cancer Society: COVID-19 and Cancer ECHO Series

The American Cancer Society is launching two COVID-19 and Cancer ECHO series to share up-to-date information about about how the COVID-19 pandemic impacts cancer patients and high-risk individuals. One series offers content and discussion for interdisciplinary cancer care teams, while the other offers content and discussion for non-paid caregivers. Experts from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) and the American Cancer Society (ACS) will share strategies and answer questions in a secure, online environment offered at no cost to participants.

Pre-registration is required and participants are not required to attend all three sessions. See below for additional information on topics and how to register.

COVID-19 and Cancer ECHO for Cancer Care Teams

The COVID-19 and Cancer ECHO for Cancer Care Teams will share up-to-date information with interdisciplinary cancer care teams about how the COVID-19 pandemic impacts cancer patients and other high-risk individuals.

Pre-registration is required. Register today to join any of the sessions below and to submit your questions for the experts. Download this one-pager for additional information on the expert faculty. Tuesday, April 28 from 12:00—1:00 pm ET Topics will include:

  • What health care providers and cancer patients need to know about the coronavirus
  • What system/institutional changes/adaptations have been beneficial
  • Should people still get screened for cancer during this pandemic?

Thursday, April 30 from 12:00—1:00 pm ET Topics will include:

  • How cancer patients can mitigate risk
  • Potential modifications in treatment plans
  • What is the reasonable timeframe to delay follow-up testing or treatment and how to guide patients?

Tuesday, May 5 from 12:00—1:00 pm ET Topics will include:

  • Steps to take to reengage patients as the pandemic subsides

Register

COVID-19 and Cancer ECHO for Cancer Caregivers

The COVID-19 and Cancer ECHO for Cancer Caregivers will share up-to-date information with non-paid caregivers about how the COVID-19 pandemic impacts cancer patients and how to support cancer patients during the pandemic.

Pre-registration is required. Register today to join any of the following sessions and to submit your questions for the experts. Download this one-pager for more information on the expert faculty. Wednesday, April 29 from 12:00—1:00 pm ET Topics will include:

  • What cancer patients need to know about the coronavirus
  • What caregivers can do to help if they do not live with that person and are social distancing
  • What precautions should cancer patients take when continuing to receive treatment?

Wednesday, May 6 from 12:00—1:00 pm ET Topics will include:

  • Lowering the risk of illness
  • Why cancer patients are more likely to get infections
  • Watching for and preventing infections in people with cancer
  • Nurturing your emotional health

Wednesday, May 13 from 12:00—1:00 pm ET

  • Topics will address FAQs during previous sessions

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CRC News: April 20, 2020

Dear NCCRT Members and 80% Partners,

We hope you and your families are staying safe and well. We have several news updates to share with you this week.

Revised Date and Registration: Webinar on Recent Report that Finds CRC Burden Shifting to Younger Individuals

Webinar: Colorectal Cancer Burden Shifting to Younger Individuals: A close look at what the most recent data tells us about colorectal cancer incidence, mortality, and screening rates

Date: Monday, May 11, 2020

Time: 3:00 to 4:00 PM ET

Registration is now available for our next webinar, during which we’ll take a close look at the findings from Colorectal Cancer Statistics 2020, a recent American Cancer Society publication released on March 5th. According to the report, the burden of colorectal cancer is swiftly shifting to younger individuals as incidence increases in young adults and declines in older age groups. Learn about these findings and more in this webinar featuring report lead author Rebecca Siegel, MPH, Scientific Director, Surveillance Research, at the American Cancer Society.
Register

New Member Resources Added to the NCCRT Resource Center

We invite you to visit the NCCRT Resource Center to check out the latest two member resource additions: the American College of Radiology’s My CT Colonography Locator Tool, an online tool to find a computed tomography (CT) colonography screening center near you; and the Nuestras Voces Network Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Infographic, a bilingual infographic developed by the National Alliance for Hispanic Health’s Nuestras Voces Network Program.

Do you have a resource that you think would be a good fit for the Resource Center? Learn how to submit a resource.

New Joint Gastroenterological Society Guidance

The American College of Gastroenterology, the American Gastroenterological Association, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, and the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases issued guidance regarding how to manage the clinical procedural needs of patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance describes the types of elective procedures that should be delayed as well as the urgent/emergent procedures that should not be delayed.

Early Age Onset Colorectal Cancer Virtual Summit Registration is Open

The Early Age Onset Colorectal Cancer (EAO-CRC) Summit will be hosted as a virtual event on Thursday, April 23 from 12:00 – 2:30 PM EST. Learn more and register.

Relevant Journal Articles and Publications

Many thanks for the great work you do.

The NCCRT Team

 

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CRC News: March 25, 2020

Dear NCCRT Members and 80% Partners,

We are thinking of you and hope that you stay healthy and safe during these challenging and unprecedented times as our nation responds to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are only beginning to understand the impact that this virus will have on our communities and to our work to save lives from colorectal cancer. But just as every community and every sector is learning, we expect the impacts will be many.

First, we want to share our gratitude with the caretakers, healthcare workers, and front-line responders who are supporting people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in our communities. Thank you to our public health heroes who are safeguarding the public through creative thinking and problem-solving. And thank you to each one of you practicing social distancing to “flatten the curve” to keep others in your community safe.

We also want to share our compassion for those in our community that have been personally impacted by cancer and may be at higher risk of serious illness from an infection. We are keeping cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers in our thoughts as you strive to keep you and your loved ones safe.

And lastly, we want to acknowledge that while we know you are as committed as ever to working to increase colorectal cancer screening in the long term, we understand that this may be a lower priority right now than responding to our current health crisis. In fact, several organizations and agencies now recommend postponing nonessential medical visits and procedures, including cancer screening. Dr. Richard Wender, NCCRT Chair and Chief Cancer Control Officer for the American Cancer Society, stated “the American Cancer Society recommends that no one should go to a health care facility for routine cancer screening at this time.” This means that individuals due for colorectal cancer screening should postpone their appointment for the near future. “Remember, these screening tests save lives. When restrictions lift, it’s important to reschedule any screening test that you’re due to receive,” said Dr. Wender. “Getting back on track with cancer screening should be a high priority.”

More information can be found on the ACS webpage: Coronavirus, COVID-19, and Cancer, which includes Questions to Ask Your Healthcare Team. NCCRT’s co-founding member, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, also provides numerous resources for individuals and healthcare professionals on their website. NCCRT member gastroenterological professional societies have issued a Joint GI society message: COVID-19 clinical insights for our community of gastroenterologists and gastroenterology care providers. Several other NCCRT member organizations have also issued relevant statements and guidance.

The NCCRT will continue advancing our mission to raise colorectal cancer screening rates in the United States during this unprecedented time. We will continue to share with you newly developed resources, research articles, and educational opportunities, as you will find in the newsletter below. We understand you may not be able to take the time to focus on this work now, but we will be here when you are able to return to work as usual, and please don’t hesitate to call upon us in the interim. We appreciate all that you are doing to support your communities. Stay safe and well.

The NCCRT Team

Save the Date: Webinar on Recent Report that Finds Colorectal Cancer Burden Shifting to Younger Individuals

Webinar: Colorectal Cancer Burden Shifting to Younger Individuals: A close look at what the most recent data tells us about colorectal cancer incidence, mortality, and screening rates

Date: Monday, May 4, 2020

Time: 3:00 to 4:00 PM ET Save the date for our next webinar, during which we’ll take a close look at the findings from Colorectal Cancer Statistics 2020, a recent American Cancer Society publication released on March 5th. According to the report, the burden of colorectal cancer is swiftly shifting to younger individuals as incidence increases in young adults and declines in older age groups. Learn about these findings and more in this webinar featuring report lead author Rebecca Siegel, MPH and Richard Wender, MD, NCCRT Chair and Chief Cancer Control Officer for the American Cancer Society.
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New CEU Course on Colorectal Cancer Screening for Medical Assistants

The NCCRT partnered with the American Association of Medical Assistants to develop a new CEU course on improving colorectal cancer screening rates for medical assistants: Medical Assistants’ Roles in Improving Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates: Getting to 80%. The course is authored and narrated by Durado Brooks, MD, MPH, Vice President, Cancer Control Interventions at the American Cancer Society and NCCRT Steering Committee member. It is free to AAMA members for a limited time and $5.00 for nonmembers.

NYC Recommendations to Reduce Morbidity and Mortality from Colorectal Cancer

The New York City Health Department released updated colorectal cancer screening recommendations that ask healthcare providers to consider screening patients at average risk beginning at age 45, instead of age 50. The recommendations also expand recommended screening options to include both colonoscopy and three different types of stool-based tests for patients at average risk. A resource for healthcare providers that has more information about the recommendation update can be found here: 2020 Update: NYC Recommendations to Reduce Morbidity and Mortality from Colorectal Cancer. Acknowledging that our shared public health priority is the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the NYC Health Department plans to release additional information to support the recommendations update in the coming months.

Additional Educational Opportunities

Many thanks for the great work you do.

The NCCRT Team

CRC News: March 13, 2020

Hello NCCRT Members & 80% Partners,

We have several updates to share with all of you.

Introducing the 80% in Every Community Strategic Plan

The 80% in Every Community Strategic Plan (2020-2024) provides a focused, action-oriented roadmap for stakeholders, collaborators, and cross-sectored partners. The plan provides a variety of recommended activities that all stakeholders can use to help define, prioritize, and accomplish their goals. Guided by an overarching problem statement and an inspirational vision, and bounded by the core values of collaboration and health equity, the strategic plan emphasizes four strategic focus areas:

  • Assess and Build Capacity in Communities;
  • Catalyze Healthcare Systems;
  • Mobilize at Public Touch Points; and,
  • Break Down Policy Barrier.

Thank you to the NCCRT’s Strategic Plan Advisory Group, the dozens of member organizations that contributed to planning, and many other individuals willing to volunteer their expertise and recommendations throughout the development process.

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Three New Reports Highlight Recent Colorectal Cancer Findings

  • According to Colorectal Cancer Statistics 2020, an American Cancer Society publication released on March 5th, the burden of colorectal cancer is swiftly shifting to younger individuals as incidence increases in young adults and declines in older age groups. Report findings include the median age of diagnosis has dropped from age 72 in 2001-2002 to age 66 during 2015-2016 and half of all new diagnoses in people 66 or younger. The publication is accompanied by a consumer version, Colorectal Cancer Facts & Figures and a press release is also available. NCCRT is planning a webinar to share further findings from the report with lead author Rebecca Siegel, MPH in the next couple months. We will share the date and registration as soon as it’s available.
  • A new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Vital Signs: Colorectal Cancer Screening Test Use — United States, 2018, provides an in depth analysis of colorectal cancer screening data from the 2018 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey. The report finds in 2018, 68.8% of adults were up to date with colorectal cancer screening test use, but screening prevalence was 15.9 percentage points lower among those aged 50-64 years than among those aged 65-75 years. A consumer version is also available, which includes messaging around the importance of starting screening at age 50.
  • The Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, an annual report produced by the CDC, the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries, provides annual updates on cancer occurrence and trends in the United States. The report finds decreasing death rates from colorectal cancer in men and women but showed an increase in colorectal cancer death rates among young adults.

March Webcast Replay and Videos Now Available

Did you miss our annual National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Webcast on March 5th? It was a tremendous event with over 1,000 viewers and 65 watch parties! You can still watch the replay. We also featured several videos during the webcast, which you can now view and share:

Webinar CME Opportunity on Stool Testing for Colorectal Cancer

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the American Cancer Society are pleased to release an updated, no-cost webinar: Efficacy of Stool Testing for Colorectal Cancer Screening. During this no-cost, one-hour online session with 1.25 Category 1 Credit, Durado Brooks, MD, MPH, Vice President, Cancer Control Interventions at the American Cancer Society and NCCRT Steering Committee member, provides a review of current guidelines for colorectal cancer screening, discusses the efficacy of stool-based testing for increasing overall screening rates, and more. The webinar includes some Massachusetts-specific statistics, but the majority of the content is applicable to any location and it is accessible to anyone, regardless of location of practice or medical license.

Community Grant Opportunity

The Prevent Cancer Foundation announced a call for applications to its community grants program, which funds vital community-level projects in cancer prevention and early detection across the U.S. Applications for the one-year $25,000 awards will be accepted through March 30, 2020, 5pm ET. Visit the website to review the guidelines and submission instructions and frequently asked questions. Questions? Contact Erica.ChildsWarner@preventcancer.org.

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