Introducing Digestive Health Partners’ Western North Carolina Colorectal Cancer Screening Initiative (WNC-CRCSI)

October 27, 2017

Colorectal cancer is largely preventable. It is estimated that 40 out of 100 deaths from late stage colorectal cancer are preventable if all adults aged 50 and older were routinely screened. Colon cancer was the 2nd leading cause of death in North Carolina in 2012. There were 1,533 colorectal cancer deaths in 2012 and over 7,550 deaths from 2008-2012 in North Carolina.  According to the 2012 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), 70.6 percent of North Carolina adults over age 50 “ever had a sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy screening for colorectal cancer.”  It is estimated that between 2007 and 2011, about 40 out of every 100 deaths from late-stage colorectal cancer could have been prevented if all men and women aged 50 years or older were routinely screened.

Under the leadership of Dr. Mike Newcomer, Digestive Health Partners has developed a screening and treatment program for the uninsured in WNC called Western North Carolina Colorectal Cancer Screening Initiative (WNC-CRCSI). Dr. Newcomer presented the program along with initial results to the North Carolina Colorectal Cancer Roundtable Conference On Oct 13, 2017 in Raleigh, NC.  WCMS Foundation’s Project Access is proud to be a part of this initiative.

The complete set of powerpoint slides can be found here.