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Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most diagnosed cancer in both men and women and is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. In North Dakota, CRC is the second most diagnosed cancer and second leading cause of cancer-related deaths among cancers that affect both men and women. CRC screening is lifesaving, but 28% of eligible adults in North Dakota are not up to date with this screening. Delayed screening leads to late-stage diagnosis with 34.5% of CRC cases diagnosed at a late stage. 

Both the American Cancer Society and the United States Preventive Services Task Force recommend all adults begin screening for CRC at the age of 45. People at an increased risk of getting CRC should talk to their doctor about when to begin screening, which test is right for them, and how often to get tested.

We encourage you to join the fight against cancer to help North Dakota achieve a CRC screening rate of 80% in every community across the state. Please use the following materials in your organization and community to increase awareness and the importance of prevention of this disease. Together we can make a difference!

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Resources - March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month! We encourage you to seize the opportunity to create awareness in your community to increase screening rates for all eligible adults.

Turn ND Blue Photo Contest Guidance 
Dress in Blue Day Poster (Customizable) | Friday, March 4, 2022 
2022 Social Media Toolkit
Social Media Toolkit (Developed by Community Healthcare Association of the Dakotas)
FaceBook Messaging Toolkit (Developed by Quality Health Associates of North Dakota)

VIRTUAL EVENT: Stay on Track | Colorectal Cancer Screening | Steven Itzkowitz, MD, Presenter
March 29, 2022 | 12:00-1:00 p.m. CT
Click here to download the event flier.  Click here to register.

Screening Guidelines
United States Preventive Services Task Force
American Cancer Society

Provider Resources
Making the Case for Under-Utilized Stool Tests for Colorectal Cancer Screening | Dr. Jeff Hostetter | NDMA Magazine Article | Fall 2021 
Clinician’s Reference: Stool-Based Tests for Colorectal Cancer Screening
Promoting Colorectal Cancer Screening During the COVID-19 Pandemic 
Reigniting Colorectal Cancer Screening as Communities Face and Respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Playbook 
Improving Cancer Screening Rates in Your Practice and Reducing Related Disparities

Patient Education
Colon Cancer: Are You at High Risk? (NEW Video)
Colon Cancer: Take Steps to Reduce Your Risk (NEW Video)
Colorectal Cancer Factsheet 
Colorectal Cancer Screening: Which test is right for you? 
Learn About Your Screening Options 
End Colon Cancer in Indian Country
Colon Cancer Videos (The videos in this collection explain colon cancer risk factors, screening tests, treatments, and more.)

80% in Every Community 
Screen for Life Campaign