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CRC News – Week of March 19, 2018

CRC News – Week of March 19, 2018
The following email news update was shared with NCCRT members and partners on Tuesday, March 20th, 2018. Sign up to subscribe to our regular email updates

Tune in Tonight! Katie Couric Takes Jimmy Kimmel for a Colonoscopy

Tune in tonight to watch Katie Couric on the Jimmy Kimmel Live Show – yes, Jimmy Kimmel is the mystery man that Katie took for a colonoscopy date!  Check this out:

Do we even have to ask?  Repost and retweet on social media and on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @KatieCouric.  And don’t skip the comments.  My favorite, “Thank you for spreading the word, while spreading your cheeks.”  Let’s have some fun with this!

Replay: CRC Screening Coast to Coast

From cobalt blue dresses to musical performances, the Colorectal Cancer Screening Coast to Coast: Driving toward 80% event, broadcast live from Los Angeles, was an awesome way to kick off the month of March.  In case you missed it, a replay of this informative awareness-raising event is available here to watch and share on Youtube.  Thank you to all our guests on the show, our wonderful 80% by 2018 award winners, and the many of you who united to make the day such a success, particularly Fight Colorectal Cancer and the American Cancer Society, and our event partners, the Mayo Clinic, Exact Sciences, UPS and many others.  You can also view other stops on the Coast to Coast tour – enjoy these updates from Fight CRC’s hearing on Capitol Hill today: or watch the ringing of the opening bell at NASDAQ.

How are We Doing?  Lots of New CDC Data Tell Us!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released the following new publications for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, which can help answer the question we hear all the time – how are we doing?

  • Colorectal Cancer: Quick Facts describes key findings and trends in the 2016 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) colorectal cancer screening data, including that the 2016 CRC screening rate is up to 67.3%, meaning an additional 3.3 million people were screened between 2014 and 2016
  • An overview of the first year of the CDC’s Colorectal Cancer Control Program (CRCCP), highlights that partner clinics saw a 4.4% CRC screening increase in just that first year:   Thank you to Djenaba Joseph, Faye Wong and many others at CDC for their work on these new fact sheets!
  • CDC also shared a new study from the March issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention that gives county level estimates for CRC screening rates, which can estimate which counties have the lowest CRC screening rates and therefore, help guide interventions that could increase CRC screening rates in these areas.  View this press release to learn more.  Congratulations to NCCRT friend Marion Nadel, as well as the other authors!

HEDIS 2016 Rates Now Available

NCQA recently released the latest edition of the annual State of Health Care Quality Report  (, in which health plans voluntarily disclose clinical quality, customer experience and resource use data, including CRC screening rates. The report showed progress on CRC screening rates for both Medicare and Commercial PPO plans in 2016, but not for HMO plans plan. View the 2016 rates and learn more:

NCCRT’s One-Stop-Shop on Data & Progress

Does all that data make you interested in learning more about national, state, and local level colorectal cancer incidence, mortality, and screening rates? Visit NCCRT’s one-stop-shop, the Data & Progress webpage for useful charts and graphs on progress.

Postponed:  Colorectal Cancer Alliance Launch of “March Forth” in Philadelphia

With the expected winter storm tomorrow in Philadelphia, CCA has made the tough decision to postpone the March Forth prevention program launch, previously scheduled for tomorrow.  A new date will be announced in the next couple of days.  Stay safe and warm this week!

New Journal Articles

NCCRT Request for Proposals to Develop a Links of Care Training:

As was previously announced, the NCCRT has issued a request for proposals to develop a web based training that draws from the best practices and lessons learned from the NCCRT’s Links of Care model. The Links of Care pilots, launched in 2014, sought to strengthen the relationships between community health centers and the medical neighborhood in the delivery of colorectal cancer screening and follow up care. Our goal is to provide local communities with online access to the framework, advice, and tools and templates needed to develop a strong collaboration between health centers and specialty providers in order to improve the delivery of colorectal cancer screening and follow up care for patients in need. The deadline for proposals is April 6th, 2018

Please email Emily Bell, NCCRT Associate Director, ([email protected]) 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 March 23rd, 2018. All questions and answers will be posted to this webpage:

Registration is Open for the Dialogue for Action Meeting

Each year, the Dialogue for Action® on Cancer Screening and Prevention meeting brings together key stakeholders from clinical practice and public health programs to share effective strategies to improve cancer prevention and early detection.   Registration is now open for this year’s meeting, which will be held on April 11-13, 2018 at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner in McLean, Va.  We have confirmed that the NCCRT will be hosting a workshop on Leveraging Hospital and Health Systems to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening during the preconference session on Wednesday, April 11th.  Additionally, both the NCCRT’s Community Health Center Task Group and the Public Awareness Task group will meet at 4:15 pm, also on Wednesday, April 11th.  Many thanks to our friends at the Prevent Cancer Foundation for generously sharing their meeting space with us.  Please contact [email protected] if you are able to attend one of the Task Group meetings.

Registration is Open for the 4th Annual Early Age Onset Colorectal Cancer Summit

The Colon Cancer Foundation and Northwell Health are sponsoring the 4th annual summit on Early Age Onset Colorectal Cancer.  The theme of this year’s CME conference is “Why? What Factors Are Driving the Increasing Incidence of Young Adult Colorectal Cancer?”  The event will start April 26th 4:30 pm and conclude April 27th at 5:30 pm and is being held at the J.W. Essex House, 160 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019.  This event will bring together leading clinicians, scientists as well as early age onset (EAO) colorectal cancer (CRC) survivors and caregivers from across the country. The program will provide extensive opportunities for participants to advance their understanding of the rapidly increasing incidence of rectal and colon cancer among young adults under 50 years of age in the U.S. and abroad. To learn more and register, visit:

Enjoy the rest of March, everyone!  Many thanks for the good work you do.


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