Increasing the CRC Screening Rates in the US by 80% can Help Save Hundreds of Thousands of Lives, Study

March is the month which commemorates Colorectal Cancer Awareness and a recent study says the effect of early detection of colon cancer is critical and can significantly spare many lives.

According to the study an extra 21,000 colorectal cancer victims will be spared from death every year by just increasing colorectal growth (CRC) screening rates to 80% by 2018.

The study is the first to gauge the general public health benefits of increasing screening rates to “80% by 2018,” according to the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCR). The aggrupation is composed of several national coalition of public, private, and voluntary organizations, whose main aim is to increase screening rates to 80% in the United States by 2018.

An epidemiologist at the American Cancer Society Ahmedin Jemal, who also appears in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, co-authored the study.

Colorectal cancer (normally called colon cancer) is the third highest cancer deaths in both male and female in the United States, and the second leading cause for both genders joined together. An expected 132,700 new cases and 49,700 deaths are normally what’s occurring this year, 2015 in the U.S. Data from the previous decade demonstrate that both incidences and deaths from colon cancer are diminishing at rate of around 3% every year, to a great extent because of increased screening. Still, less than six in ten U.S. grown-ups (58%) aged 50 to 75 years had availed of the recommended guideline in colorectal  testing in 2013.

Studies show that the absence of screening is the cause of a significant rise in colorectal cancer deaths. That certainty prompted the necessity of “80% by 2018.

Researchers headed by Reinier G. S. Meester, MS at Erasmus MC University Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands utilized a PC model to demonstrate the impacts of expanding screening rates, from give or take, 58% in 2013 to 80% in 2018. The result was very encouraging

They discovered increasing screening rates to 80% by 2018 would decrease  colorectal cancer case rates by 17% and death rates by 19% amid on and off follow-up (2013 through 2020) and by 22% and 33%, separately, amid consistent follow-up (2013 through 2030). Those reductions would add up to a sum of 277,000 new cancer incidents being prevented and 203,000  colorectal cancer deaths from happening  inclusive of years 2013 through 2030.

The researchers conclude that increasing the rate of colorectal cancer screening in the United States to 80% by 2018 could help immensely in improving the heath of Americans.

The barriers to increasing colorectal cancer screening in the United States are many and numerous. This is according to Richard C. Wender, M.D., chief cancer control officer and chair of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable. “But this study shows that investing in efforts to clear these hurdles will result in a major cancer prevention success.



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