About the Workgroup
In South Carolina, approximately 2,000 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and approximately 800 people will die from this disease each year. Colorectal cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in both men and women, and even though it is one of the leading causes of cancer deaths, it is also one of the most preventable.
Colorectal cancer starts in the colon or rectum, both of which are parts of the large intestine. Most colorectal cancers are adenocarcinomas, or cancers that begin in cells that make and release mucus and other fluids. Colorectal cancer often begins as a growth called a polyp, which may form on the inner wall of the colon or rectum. Some polyps develop into cancer, so detecting and removing the polyps is imperative to preventing colorectal cancer altogether.
It is recommended that colorectal cancer screening begin at age 50 and continue until age 75. The decision to screen for colorectal cancer in adults aged 76 to 85 years should be an individual one made with the provider, considering the patient’s overall health and prior screening history.
Search for “colorectal” at www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org for details about screening strategies.
The Colorectal Cancer Workgroup holds a conference call on the second Friday of every month.
State Cancer Plan Objectives
3.9 To secure annual recurring state funding for colorectal cancer screening through the Center for Colon Cancer Research-University of South Carolina.
(Data Source: SC Legislative Record)
3.10 By December 31, 2018, increase the percentage of adults aged 50-75 who are up-to-date** with colorectal cancer (CRC) screening from 71% to 80% (**Up-to-date defined as high sensitivity FOBT within one year, or sigmoidoscopy within 5 years and FOBT within 3 years, or colonoscopy within 10 years).
(Recommendation Source: USPSTF) (Data Source: BRFSS)
3.11 By December 31, 2021, increase the percentage of State Health Plan beneficiaries ages 50-75 who are up-to-date** with CRC screening from 53% to 60% (**Up-to-date as high sensitivity FOBT within one year, or sigmoidoscopy within 5 years and FOBT within 3 years, or colonoscopy within 10 years).
(Recommendation Source: USPSTF) (Data Source: PEBA Health analytics data)
3.12 By December 31, 2021, achieve equal colorectal cancer screening rates between Black and White and Hispanic and non-Hispanic persons ages 50 to 75.
(Data Source: BRFSS)
3.13 By December 31, 2018, work with two major employers/systems to increase percentage of employees ages 50 to 75 who are currently up to date on their CRC screening test by 10 percent from baseline rates.
(Data Source: Employers’ claim data)