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CRC News: Week of June 11

CRC News: Week of June 11
We hope you have been having a good week.  We have some news items to share with all of you.

Register for June 19th 3:00pm ET NCCRT Webinar on New Family History/Early Onset CRC Toolkit:

Registration is open for our next webinar, which will be held on Tuesday, June 19th at 3:00pm ET, during which we’ll introduce our soon-to-be released resource for primary care, Risk Assessment and Screening Toolkit to Detect Familial, Hereditary and Early Onset Colorectal Cancer.  The new toolkit aims to improve the ability of primary care clinicians to systematically collect, document, and act on a family history of CRC and adenomas polyps, while also educating clinicians on the need for more timely diagnostic testing for young adults who present with alarm signs or symptoms of CRC and ensuring that those patients receive a proper diagnostic work up.  Speakers include:

  • Emily Edelman, MS, CGC, Associate Director, Clinical & Continuing Education, The Jackson Laboratory;
  • Dennis Ahnen, MD, Professor Emeritus, University of Colorado School of Medicine, NCCRT Steering Committee, NCCRT Co-Chair Family History and Early Age Onset CRC Task Group;
  • Paul Schroy, MD, MPH,  Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, NCCRT Co-Chair Family History and Early Age Onset CRC Task Group;
  • Thomas Weber, MD, Director of Surgical Oncology, Northwest Region at Northwell Health, NCCRT Chair Emeritus, NCCRT Co-Chair Family History and Early Age Onset CRC Task Group.

The webinar is open to NCCRT members, 80% partners, CDC grantees, ACS Health Systems and Communications staff, and new partners interested in getting engaged in colorectal cancer screening efforts.  You must be pre-registered to join.  Registration is available here.

2016 State by State Colorectal Cancer Screening Data Available

State by state colorectal cancer screening rates for 2016 are now available from CDC.  The percentage of adults aged 50 to 75 who reported being up to date with CRC screening in the United States increased from 65.5% in 2012 to 67.3% in 2016. Congratulations to friends in Maine (75.9%), Connecticut (75.8%), and Massachusetts (75.3) for having the highest rates and to friends in Arkansas, Kentucky, and North Dakota for seeing the biggest rate increases.  (North Dakota’s rate increased 5.9%, Kentucky’s rate increased 6.5%, and Arkansas’s rate increased 8.8% — wow!) Congratulations to study authors Djenaba Joseph and Lisa Richardson, as well as the other authors.

Replay of ACS Colorectal Cancer Screening Guideline For Average Risk Adults 2018

In case you missed it, a replay of the May 30th, webinar, ACS Colorectal Cancer Screening Guideline For Average Risk Adults 2018, can be found here:  You may also be interested in these resources highlighted during the webinar:

CA Journal article on ACS CRC Screening Guideline

Video message from Dr. Richard Wender

Issue Brief and FAQ for NCCRT Members and 80% Pledger Signers

Additionally, Katie Couric released a new PSA on social media highlighting the ACS recommended screening age.  Many thanks to Katie and the team at SU2C for making this happen!

Welcome to New NCCRT Members!

We are pleased to announce the addition of a new NCCRT member organization, the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s Geographic Health Equity Alliance, which will be represented by Keith Vensey and Leah Farchmin; and a new individual member, Stephanie Harju, RN, BSN, CCM, Associate Director of Clinical Quality, Central Region, WI & MI, United Health Group, Quality and Clinical Division, Employer & Individual. Please join me in extending a warm welcome to these new NCCRT Members!

2018 UDS CRC Screening Rate Measure Now Includes FIT DNA and CTC

Some of you may be interested to know that the 2018 UDS Manual now includes FIT-DNA and CT colonography in the CRC screening measure definition in the manual.  As many of you know, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) are required by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to report on measures included in the Uniform Data System UDS), including CRC screening.  HRSA revised the 2018 UDS manual to better align with national measures and reporting standards.  Many thanks to Laura Makaroff for bringing this update to our attention.

Please Share:  Never Too Young Survey for Young Onset Colorectal Cancer Patients, Survivors, and Caregivers

The Colorectal Cancer Alliance has asked for help promoting this survey to patients, survivors, and caregivers in our colorectal cancer community. This is the third annual international survey of young-onset colorectal cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers.  The purpose of the survey is to learn about and track the medical and psycho-social experiences of this often overlooked group, which comprises 11 percent of colorectal cancer patients today. This year’s survey is expanded to better learn about the experience of caregivers, with a selection of questions specifically for them. The survey, available at N2Y Survey, will remain open until July 1st and should take less than 10 minutes to complete.

NCI’s Accelerating Rural Cancer Control (ARCC) Research Meeting Recording

Last month, NCI hosted a recent meeting on Accelerating Rural Cancer Control, with three objectives: 1) Identify gaps in research and practice, 2) Build partnerships across the country and various health-related entities to address challenges and disseminate solutions, and 3) Highlight and identify methods to address competing and common agendas of clinics/providers, researchers and community/patients.  Links to recordings of the sessions are now available:  Day 1 and Day 2.   Many thanks to Margaret Farrell of NCI for sharing these recordings with us.

Relevant Journal Articles

  • The American College of Surgeons recently released a new study published in JAMA, entitled the Association Between Intensity of Posttreatment Surveillance Testing and Detection of Recurrence in Patients With Colorectal Cancer.  Notably, the article concludes that among patients treated for stage I, II, or III CRC, there was no significant association between surveillance intensity and detection of recurrence.  Many thanks to Nina Miller for bringing this article to our attention.
  • A new study, Circulating Vitamin D and Colorectal Cancer Risk: An International Pooling Project of 17 Cohorts, authored by scientists from the American Cancer Society, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the U.S. National Cancer Institute, and more than 20 other medical centers and organizations recently appeared in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.  The article finds that higher circulating 25-hydroxyvitamin D, was related to a statistically significant, substantially lower colorectal cancer risk in women and non–statistically significant lower risk in men.  Congratulations to the study authors.
  • A new study on Visualizing Colonoscopy Capacity for Public Health Use appeared in CDC’s Preventing Chronic Disease that helps visualize used/unused colonoscopy capacity in North Dakota.  Developing similar GIS maps in other states could be helpful in understanding where the unused capacity is geographically and where program need is.  Many thanks to Shannon Bacon for bringing this study to our attention.

Annual Data Release of Cancer Statistics

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Cancer Institute are pleased to announce the annual release of the U.S. Cancer Statistics, the official federal cancer statistics. This resource combines data from CDC’s National Program of Cancer Registries and NCI’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program, providing the latest cancer information on the entire U.S. population.  You can access the latest release of data through the updated Data Visualizations tool and public use database: Data Visualizations toolMany thanks to Lisa Richardson for bringing this release to our attention.

2018 Southeastern Colorectal Cancer Consortium is this Month

Registration is still available for the 2018 Southeastern Colorectal Cancer Consortium, which will be held in New Orleans, June 27th through June 29th.   The meeting will tackle best practices, lessons learned, and how to move forward in our work surrounding colorectal cancer.  View the preliminary agenda here. Meeting registration can be accessed here:   


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