Blog: March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month! Employers can Pledge to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screenings

Since 2000, March has been designated “Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.” To drive a measurable increase in screenings and reduce deaths due to colorectal cancer, employers can participate in the 80% Pledge sponsored by the American Cancer Society and the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable. It’s a national effort to raise colorectal cancer screening rates to at least 80%.

Colorectal Cancer is preventable and treatable

Here are some facts:

FACT: In Minnesota, the statewide average for colorectal cancer screenings is 71%, which ranks #9 nationally.

Employers can break down barriers to screenings

It begins with understanding: How many employees/dependents are 50 or older? How many are up to date on screenings? Some employers are surprised to learn screening falls well short of the 80% goal.

Armed with this information, here are ways employers can break down the barriers to screenings:

Colorectal cancer is one of the few cancers preventable through screening, and screening can also find the disease early when it is most treatable. Nationally, colorectal cancer rates have dropped 30% over the past decade, largely due to an increase in screenings. Employers can help spread the word about the importance and ease of screening options.

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