ACS joins effort to increase colorectal screening rates to 80 percent by 2018

A total of 1,000 health care organizations in the U.S., including the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the Commission on Cancer, are joining a National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable effort to reach “80% by 2018.” The goal of the campaign is to reduce colorectal cancer as a major public health problem and, to this end, promote the screening of 80 percent of adults ages 50 and older for colorectal cancer by 2018. The ACS joined with the American Cancer Society, the American Gastroenterological Association, the American College of Gastroenterology, and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy in developing an online brochure titled What Can Gastroenterologists and Endoscopists Do to Advance 80% by 2018? The detailed brochure provides information on joining the effort.

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