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American Cancer Society Applauds Winthrop-University Hospital's Concerted Pledge To Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates In Nassau County From 70.6% to 80% by 2018
July 6, 2016

Hauppauge, New York – The American Cancer Society applauds Winthrop-University Hospital for uniting around a shared commitment to save lives from cancer, signing the 80 by 2018 Pledge and sending a consistent message to the community: get screened for colorectal cancer.

The national percentage of adults 50 and over that are up to date with recommended colorectal cancer screening has increased from 56 percent in 2002 to 65 percent in 2010, according to the American Cancer Society. In New York State, 69.3 percent have been screened; in Nassau County that number is 70.06 percent. As the nation’s second leading cause of cancer related deaths (when men and women are combined) as well as one of the few cancers that can be prevented, a collective effort nationwide to commit to increasing colorectal screening rates to 80% by 2018 has been formed by the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT) to which the American Cancer Society is a leading partner.

What is the “80% by 2018” Pledge?

The 80 by 2018 pledge is a National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable initiative in which hundreds of organizations have committed to substantially reducing colorectal cancer as a major public health problem and are working toward the shared goal of regularly screening 80% of adults aged 50 and older screened for colorectal cancer by 2018. Hundreds of organizations – including medical professional societies, academic centers, survivor groups, government agencies, cancer coalitions, cancer centers, payers and many others – have signed a pledge to make this goal a priority. If we can achieve 80% by 2018, 277,000 cases and 203,000 colorectal cancer deaths would be prevented by 2030.

“There are several screening options to detect colorectal cancer early on, including simple take-home options,” said Dawn Tropeano for the American Cancer Society in Hauppauge. “To prevent more cancer and save more lives I applaud all members of our community that are coming together and help us by getting screened, and talking with friends and family who are over 50 years of age about getting screened.”

“Winthrop-University Hospital is proud to partner with the American Cancer Society in this very important initiative,” said Eva Chalas, MD, Chief of Gynecologic Oncology and Director of Clinical Cancer Services at Winthrop. “Colon cancer is highly preventable with regular screenings, and the physicians and staff at Winthrop firmly believe that achieving the 80 percent by 2018 goal will help save lives. We are committed to working with the American Cancer Society and our community leaders to help educate the public about the importance of screening, and to providing the resources and expertise to achieve this meaningful goal.”

This year an estimated 135,000 people (including 8,370 New Yorkers) will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and nearly 50,000 (including 2,830 New Yorkers) will succumb to the disease.

For more information about colorectal cancer screening, please visit the American Cancer Society website or contact the American Cancer Society at 800.227.2345.

For more information on the 80 by 2018 initiative, visit the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable website. For information on New York data, please visit the NY State Department of Health website.

For more information about Winthrop’s dedicated Cancer Program or to schedule a screening, call 1-866-WINTHROP.

American Cancer Society staff with Winthrop-University Hospital staff

Winthrop staff recently joined with members of the American Cancer Society to show their support to partnering with ACS on the 80 % by 2018 Pledge to eliminate colorectal cancer as a major public health program. Pictured (top row, l.-r.) are Richard Rivera, MPH, MT, LCLT, CHE, Vice President, Administration; Janet Shehata, MSN, RN, OCN, NEA-BC, Director of Nursing, Oncology Services; Jules Garbus, MD, Colorectal Surgeon; Al Glover, Chief Operating Officer; Christine Guarnieri, RN-BC, MSN, OCN, Supervisor, Oncology Nurse Navigation, and Nurse Navigator, Colorectal/Gastrointestinal & Pancreatic Cancers; James H. Grendell, MD, Chief, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition; and Robert Bartolomeo, MD, Gastroenterologist. Bottom row (l.-r.) Susan Lee, MD, Associate Director of the Breast Program at Winthrop, Laurie Vokes-Jackson, MPH, Senior Manager, Hospital Systems, Eastern Division, American Cancer Society, Inc. (ACS); Dawn Tropeano, Health Systems Manager, Hospitals, ACS; Eva Chalas, MD, Chief of Gynecologic Oncology and Director of Clinical Cancer Services at Winthrop; Kristina Thomson, LCSW, Senior Director, Hospital Systems, Eastern Division, ACS; and John F. Collins, President and CEO of Winthrop-University Hospital.