Using What Works to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening
The journal Preventing Chronic Disease recently published an article with program year 1 (PY1) results from CDC’s Colorectal Cancer Control Program (CRCCP). The CRCCP funds 30 state, university, and tribal partners to work with health systems and clinics serving high-need, underserved populations and implement evidence-based interventions (EBIs) to increase colorectal cancer (CRC) screening rates. The article, Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening in Health Care Systems Using Evidence-Based Interventions reports that in PY1, CRCCP partners worked with more than 400 clinics (primarily Federally Qualified Health Centers) that serve over 700,000 patients aged 50 to 75.
Key results from the first year include:
- CRC screening rates increased 4.4 percentage points in year 1, from 42.9% at baseline to 47.3%, in partner clinics.
- Over 24,000 additional people were screened.
The study highlights that CRCCP is reaching its intended underserved population and has been effective in achieving its goal of increasing screening rates. CDC will continue to evaluate the program and its impact on screening rates through the end of the five-year funding period.