1. Colorectal Cancer Prevention in the Neighborhood.

Colorectal Cancer Prevention in the Neighborhood is an innovative program of MedStar Washington Hospital Center where a group of community navigators work in partnership with community-based organizations to serve underrepresented populations to deliver approved colorectal cancer screening information and conduct culturally-tailored outreach within Washington, D.C.'s Ward 5.

In collaboration with the American Cancer Society and Cigna Foundation, the navigators and partnership members identify evidence-based resources for use within local communities with ethnically sensitive navigation as part of colorectal cancer screening and follow-up care after screening. Focused on reducing structural and economic barriers to colorectal cancer screening, these resources will be a key component of the initiative. 

2. 80% by 2018 Campaign

The 80% by 2018 campaign is a movement in which hundreds of organizations have committed to eliminating colorectal cancer as a major public health problem and are working toward the shared goal of reaching an 80% colorectal cancer screening rate of eligible individuals by 2018. MedStar Washington Hospital Center has signed the pledge to reach this goal.

Any organization can sign the pledge to reach 80% screened for colorectal cancer by 2018, including, medical practices, hospitals, insurers, employers, and community organizations. You can access the pledge and other relevant tools and resources at http://nccrt.org/tools/80-percent-by-2018. The 80 campaign is spearheaded by a National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable and American Cancer Society partnership.

3. Early Screening Saves Lives

MedStar Washington Hospital Center's Ward 5 Colorectal Cancer Prevention in the Neighborhood Project

FACT: Women and men 50 years and older living in the District's Ward 5 neighborhoods had some of the highest rates of advanced late stage colorectal cancer diagnosis in the city.

Why is it important to find colorectal cancer early? Regular screening can often find colorectal cancer early, when it is most likely to be curable. But only about 4 out of 10 colorectal cancers are found at this early stage.

Through screenings such as a fecal occult blood test (FOBT) every year or a colonoscopy every 10 years, colorectal cancer can be detected months or years before the tumor can be felt by you or your doctor.

This project provides community education presentations as well a FOBT home Kit to Ward 5 residents who are 50 years and older. We will follow up with the participants with the results and will help navigate if they need a colonoscopy.

To obtain a kit and/or get more information about community presentations on the subject, contact Ms. Courtney Williams at 202-710-0298 or [email protected].

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