Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one of the most common, deadly, and preventable types of cancer and is a leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Many incident cases of CRC can be prevented and disease down-staged through participation in recommended screening. Colorectal cancer screening is vastly underutilized in comparison to other types of cancer screening, particularly among medically underserved individuals.
The purpose of the Colorectal Cancer Screening Program of South Carolina (CCSPSC) is to increase participation in CRC screening by partnering with health systems to implement priority evidence-based strategies.
The CCSPSC is working with the American Cancer Society, South Carolina Primary Health Care Association, and Colon Cancer Prevention Network. Together, we work with eight federally qualified health centers in South Carolina in order to reach the medically underserved to implement at least two priority evidence-based approaches (provider assessment and feedback, provider reminders and recall, client/patient reminders), supportive strategies (professional education and small media), and additional activities (standard procedures and 80% by 2018 pledge). Evaluation is an important element of the program, and the Core for Applied Research and Evaluation at the University of South Carolina leads evaluation activities.
The Colorectal Cancer Screening Program is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as part of the CDC’s Colorectal Cancer Control Program. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the CDC.