WellOne And The ACS Team Up To Increase Screenings for Colorectal Cancer

December 28th, 2015

As the New Year approaches and your list of New Year’s resolutions grows, WellOne Primary Medical and Dental Care and the American Cancer Society (ACS) encourage you to add to the list, a colorectal cancer screening, if you are 50 or older or sooner if you have certain risk factors for colon cancer. A colonoscopy is the gold standard for screening for and preventing colorectal cancer. However, there are other screening methods that are available depending on one’s situation.

WellOne and the ACS New England division are participating in a nationwide movement to increase colon cancer screening rates. A Federally-Qualified Health Center, WellOne is one of only 12 Community Health Centers (CHCs) in New England participating in this pilot New England Collaborative.

“Community Health Centers have been required to track and report colorectal screening rates in the Uniform Data System (UDS) since 2012,” states Peter Bancroft, president and CEO of WellOne. “The UDS is the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) core tracking system for reviewing the operation and performance of health centers. We have been working on increasing rates of colorectal cancer screening for our patients and the community for some time. In collaboration with the ACS, we are aiming to increase our efforts even more moving forward.”

“WellOne’s team is an extraordinary group of individuals,” said Melissa Campbell, Health Systems Manager in Rhode Island for the New England division of the American Cancer Society. “Their dedication and enthusiasm for providing access to quality healthcare regardless of one’s ability to pay is remarkable. I am happy to say they are really on board with this initiative and are taking back to their staff the tools and strategies needed to achieve best outcomes.”

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the nation’s second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths for men and women combined. The good news, they say, is that it’s one of only a few cancers that can be prevented. Through proper colorectal cancer screening, doctors can find and remove pre-cancerous growths in the colon, before they become cancerous. It should be noted that colorectal cancer in its early stages usually has no symptoms, so it is advised that everyone 50 and older be tested (earlier for those with certain risk factors). With early intervention, colon cancer can be prevented.

To learn more about colorectal screening visit the American Cancer Society’s website at cancer.org or talk with your primary care provider.

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