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On December 16, the American Cancer Society, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Cancer Institute, and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries released their annual report on incidences and death rates for 19 leading cancers during the period 2001-2010.  The report shows that overall incidence has decreased in men, and stabilized in women over the 10-year period; overall death rates have also declined.  Of particular interest is the finding that among the cancers analyzed, colorectal cancer had the largest decrease in incidence (29% in men, 24% in women) and the second largest decrease in mortality (29% in men and in women).  The authors attribute their findings to increased screening and removal of pre-cancerous polyps, along with improvements in treatment.  

A press release from the National Cancer Institute summarizing the report can be found at http://www.cancer.gov/newscenter/newsfromnci/2013/ReportNationDec2013Release.

The 2013-2014 budget recently passed by the South Carolina General Assembly contains a specific proviso in the amount of $500,000 matching equivalent funding from private sources toward the CCCR’s Colon Cancer Prevention Network, which fosters colonoscopy screening statewide. Cancer survivor and CCCR Ambassador David Wright partnered with Ted Riley of the SC Cancer Alliance and Nancy Cheney of the American Cancer Society Advocacy Network to advocate for this funding. Thanks to the proactive efforts of these three individuals, legislators strongly supported the proviso and recognized the potential for screening as an effective strategy to reduce colorectal cancer incidence, deaths and overall health care costs.

 

The CCCR has been awarded a grant from the Duke Endowment in the amount of $437,000 over the next two years for infrastructure support of statewide colon cancer screening efforts. These funds paired with funding from BCBSSC Foundation will allow us to expand patient navigation to colon cancer screening. This funding will enable us to evaluate our efforts to further our mission of reducing the morbidity of colorectal cancer in South Carolina. This grant, coupled with funds from the BCBSSC and the state, will enable screening more people in SC and further reducing the toll of colorectal cancer!