By Eden Laikin
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano joined with officials from the American Cancer Society last week, in taking a pledge to substantially reduce colorectal cancer, as a major public health problem, by 2018.
Taking the “80% by 2018” pledge means working toward the shared goal of regularly screening 80% of adults aged 50 and older for colorectal cancer by 2018.
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death, and cause of considerable suffering among more than 140,000 adults diagnosed with colorectal cancer each year. But it can be detected early at a curable stage, and it can be prevented through the detection and removal of precancerous polyps.
The “80% by 2018” pledge is part of a National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable initiative in which hundreds of organizations have committed to promoting early detection of Colorectal Cancer. The Roundtable organization was co-founded by the American Cancer Society and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.