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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second leading cause of cancer death – but it’s also one of the most preventable. With regular screening, colorectal disease can be prevented through the detection and removal of precancerous polyps. “Screening saves lives,” said Djenaba Joseph, MD, MPH, medical director of the colorectal cancer control program at CDC. “The good news is that our modeling shows the U.S. healthcare system has the potential to meet our national goal of screening 80 percent of adults ages 50-75 for CRC. Ask your doctor about screening – there are several options now.”

To raise awareness of CRC and expand access to potentially life-saving tests, employers and insurers are participating in the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable’s 80% by 2018 movement. Since the movement’s launch in 2014, over 1,000 organizations have pledged to substantially reduce colorectal cancer as a major public health problem. Together, these organizations are working toward the shared goal of of screening 80 percent of American adults between the ages of 50 and 75 by 2018. BioIQ is aligned with the NCCRT’s goal and recently launched an initiative to educate veterans and legislators on the importance of simple, at-home CRC tests called FIT Kits. This non-invasive, one-sample test takes about five minutes to complete in the privacy of one’s own home.

If the NCCRT’s goal is met by 2018, estimates indicate that 277,000 fewer people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and 203,000 lives will be saved by 2030. In a recently published study, researchers found this goal to be obtainable, based on updated colorectal cancer screening data. The study sought to estimate two factors: the number of colonoscopies needed to screen 80 percent of the eligible population with fecal immunochemical testing (FIT) or colonoscopy, and whether there was sufficient colonoscopy capacity in the United States to meet the need. Using a microsimulation screening model, researchers determined that healthcare facilities in the U.S. have the capacity to reach this goal by 2018.

Watch the replay of BioIQ’s 30-minute-webinar to discover how colorectal cancer screening can help save lives, reduce healthcare costs and achieve 80% by 2018.

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