Mid Coast Hospital Joins Forces with Hundreds of Local and National Organizations to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates across the Country

“80% by 2018” is a shared goal to have 80% of adults aged 50 and older regularly screened for colorectal cancer by 2018.
Colorectal cancer screening has been proven to save lives. Mid Coast Hospital has 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 (a coalition co-founded by ACS and CDC).   

Colorectal cancer is the nation’s second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. when men and women are combined; however, it is one of only a few cancers that can be prevented. If an individual knows his or her family history, identifies risk factors, lives a healthy lifestyle, and gets screened at appropriate intervals, these actions may save their life.

"80% by 2018” is a National initiative with hundreds of organizations that have committed to substantially reducing colorectal cancer as a major public health problem, and are working toward the shared goal of 80% of adults aged 50 and older being regularly screened for colorectal cancer by 2018. If we can achieve 80% by 2018, 277,000 cases and 203,000 colorectal cancer deaths would be prevented by 2030.

"Colon cancer is a major public health problem, and adults age 50 and older should be regularly screened for it, but many people aren’t getting screened because they don’t believe they are at risk, don’t understand that there are test options, or don’t think they can afford it,” said Paul Hyman, MD, a primary care physician with Mid Coast Medical Group–Topsham Family Practice. "The truth is that simply aging puts you at greater risk for colon cancer. Colorectal cancer in its early stages usually has no symptoms, so most everyone 50 and older should get screened. Mid Coast Medical Group primary care practices offer multiple screening options – even take-home options, which may be covered by insurance.”

For more information about colorectal cancer screening, visit www.cancer.org/colon. To schedule a colorectal cancer screening, contact your primary care provider. Those needing help finding a primary care physician can call the Mid Coast Hospital physician referral line at (207) 373-6033.