NACDD has recently engaged with the American Cancer Society (ACS) to study the use of electronic medical records (EMR) in community health centers to increase screening for colorectal cancer. Work will commence shortly and continue for the next 9-10 months. As a result of this new joint project, NACDD has renewed its membership in the National Colorectal Cancer Round Table, a national group established in 1997 by the ACS and CDC. It is a national coalition of public and private organizations, voluntary organizations and interested individuals. The stated ultimate goal of the Round Table "is to increase the use of proven colorectal cancer screening tests among the entire population for whom screening is appropriate". NACDD is pleased to re-engage with this important group and to join forces with others to achieve a goal of screening 80% of adults age 50 and older for colorectal cancer by 2018.
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Casual acceptance of smoking was the norm when the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout went nationwide more than 25 years ago in November 1977. This quarter century has marked dramatic changes in the way society views tobacco promotion and tobacco use. Many public places and work areas are now smoke-free which protects non-smokers and supports smokers who want to quit.
The Great American Smokeout helps to spotlight the dangers of tobacco use and the challenges of quitting, but more importantly, it has set the stage for the cultural revolution in tobacco control that has occurred.
Because of the efforts of individuals and groups that have led anti-tobacco efforts, there have been significant landmarks in the areas of research, policy, and the environment. Smoking is expensive, not in the terms of dollars spent on supplies, but in the billions of dollars involved in the health care of those who suffer smoking and tobacco related cancers.
Contact your State Department of Public Health to find out more about helping to fight the burden of cancer in your community.