Baptist Health Floyd and Gastroenterology of Southern Indiana Join Forces with Over 300 Local and National Organizations to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates across the Country

Colorectal cancer screening has been proven to save lives. Baptist Health Floyd and Gastroenterology of Southern Indiana today announced that they have jointly made the pledge to help increase colorectal cancer screening rates by supporting the “80% by 2018” initiative, led by the American Cancer Society (ACS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (an organization co-founded by ACS and CDC).

Colorectal cancer is the nation’s second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths; however it is one of only a few cancers that can be prevented. Through proper colorectal cancer screening, doctors can find and remove hidden growths (called polyps) in the colon, before they become cancerous. Removing polyps can prevent cancer altogether.

“80% by 2018” is a National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT) initiative in which nearly three hundred  organizations have committed to eliminating colorectal cancer as a major public health problem and are working toward the shared goal of 80 percent of adults aged 50 and older being regularly screened for colorectal cancer by 2018. Leading public health organizations, such as ACS, CDC and the NCCRT are rallying organizations to embrace this shared goal.

“Colorectal cancer is a major public health problem, and adults age 50 and older should be regularly screened. We’ve found that many people aren’t getting tested because they don’t believe they are at risk, don’t understand the testing options or don’t think they can afford it,” said Baptist Health Floyd board certified general surgeon Douglas Berg, MD. “The truth is, early stages of colorectal cancer usually have no symptoms, so everyone 50 and older should get tested.” There are several screening options – even take home options – available. Plus, many public and private insurance plans cover colorectal cancer screening. Baptist Health Floyd provides free FIT screening tests as part of this initiative.

“We are committed to continue to improve colorectal cancer screening rates,” said Gastroenterology of Southern Indiana’s board certified gastroenterologist Huey T. Nguyen, MD, “We are asking all members of our community to come together and help us by getting screened and talking to your friends and family who are over 50 years of age about getting screened. Together, we can help to eliminate colorectal cancer as a major public health problem.”

For more information, visit baptisthealthfloyd.com/Colon or GHPSI.com. For a free FIT screening test, call (812) 981-7291.