March 17,2016 (Atlantis, Fl) – JFK Medical Center has made the pledge to help increase colorectal cancer screening rates by supporting the 80% by 2018 initiative, led by the American Cancer Society (ACS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (an organization co-founded by ACS and CDC).
As part of the pledge, JFK has received the Colorectal Cancer Partnership award which comes with a grant from The American Cancer Society to be used for funding colorectal cancer education, activities, and/or interventions.
“JFK Medical Center has a longstanding and successful association with the American Cancer Society. We are greatly honored to receive this grant and are very excited to partner with the American Cancer Society in our shared goal to have 80% of adults aged 50 and older regularly screened for colorectal cancer by 2018”, said JFK Comprehensive Cancer Institute Director, Angelique Davis-Taylor.
Colorectal cancer is the nation’s second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths; however it is one of only a few cancers that can be prevented. Through proper colorectal cancer screening, doctors can find and remove hidden growths (called “polyps”) in the colon, before they become cancerous. Removing polyps can prevent cancer altogether.
Part of the 80% by 2018 goal is to leverage the energy of multiple and diverse partners to empower communities, patients, providers to increase screening rates. The 80% by 2018 initiative consists of health care providers, health systems, communities, businesses, community health centers, government, non-profit organizations and patient advocacy groups who are committed to getting more people screened for colorectal cancer to prevent more cancers and save lives.