|Dear NCCRT Members,
We hope you and your families are staying safe and well. We have a few updates to share with you this week.
But first, we wish to share our heartfelt condolences with the family, friends, and fans of Chadwick Boseman, whose death serves as a sobering reminder that we have much work to do to tackle rising rates of colorectal cancer in young people and unacceptably high colorectal cancer death rates in the Black community. But it is his life and portrayal of the strength of the human spirit that inspires us to fight in his honor. We are humbled by the collective action that’s been taken to raise awareness that is following in the wake of his death. There are far too many examples to list here, but we’re inspired by the multitude of responses to his death, including this article from the New York Times featuring Rebecca Siegel, MPH, the scientific director of surveillance research at the American Cancer Society; this PSA about colorectal cancer and screening from gastroenterologists across the US; a PSA call to action to get screened from Dr. Rachel Issaka of Fred Hutch; a recent CNN piece by Dr. Folasade May of UCLA; as well as numerous statements and interactive conversations hosted by NCCRT members and other partners. We encourage you to follow @NCCRTnews and tag us in your posts to keep up this life-saving conversation.
Registration Opening Soon!: 80% in Every Community Conference & NCCRT Annual Meeting
Later this month registration will open for NCCRT’s annual meeting of the NCCRT membership, which is now expanding to include the 80% in Every Community Conference, to be held virtually on Monday, November 16th and Tuesday, November 17th from 1 to 4:30 pm ET each day. Task group meetings and our NCCRT Orientation session will be held in the weeks prior to the meeting. Timing for these sessions and registration will be announced in the next couple weeks. Meanwhile, please save the dates and learn more about the 2020 80% in Every Community Conference and NCCRT Annual Meeting, as well as sponsorship opportunities.
Call for NCCRT Steering Committee Nominations
We are currently seeking nominations for the NCCRT Steering Committee. The NCCRT Steering Committee provides strategic guidance to the NCCRT through participation in Steering Committee meetings, calls, and the NCCRT Annual Meeting. Steering Committee responsibilities include strategic planning, membership approval, oversight of NCCRT projects, and general leadership. The term of service is for two years beginning November 2020 and is renewable for one term. The names of nominees are submitted to the Nominating Committee, which reviews the nominations and selects the slate of Steering Committee candidates. The slate of candidates will be presented by email to the NCCRT membership prior to the Annual Meeting to be voted on at the Annual Meeting, which will be held virtually on November 16th and 17th.
Self-nominations are accepted. Traditionally, the Nominating Committee has preferred candidates who have a history of engagement with the NCCRT. Representatives from our Corporate Associates may not serve on the Steering Committee, but they may nominate other candidates. Please note that nominees are not guaranteed a spot on the Steering Committee, as this can be a competitive process. Having said that, we are grateful to all individuals who are willing to put themselves forward as nominees. Serving on the Steering Committee is a big commitment, and Steering Committee members play a vital role in the work of the NCCRT.
If you are interested in submitting your name to the Nominating Committee for consideration or would like to nominate someone, please email Emily Butler Bell at Emily.Butler@cancer.org by end of day Thursday, October 1st. Nominees are asked to submit a Statement of Interest (1,000 word maximum) along with a CV by this deadline.
New Healthy People 2030 Goals Released
The Healthy People initiative addresses public health priorities by setting national objectives and tracking them over the decade. The newly released objective for colorectal cancer screening, Increase the proportion of adults who get screened for colorectal cancer — C‑07, aims to increase the proportion of adults who receive a colorectal cancer screening based on the most recent guidelines to 74.4 percent by 2030, which represents an increase from the previous Healthy People 2020 target of 70.5 percent. Healthy People 2030 also includes an objective to reduce the colorectal cancer death rate to 8.9 colorectal cancer deaths per 100,000 population and there is an objective that is under research to increase the proportion of persons with newly diagnosed colorectal cancer who receive genetic testing to identify Lynch syndrome (or familial colorectal cancer syndromes).
Relevant Journal Articles and Publications
Many thanks for the great work you do.
The NCCRT Team
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