RWJBarnabas Health Joins the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable to Increase
Colorectal Cancer Screenings 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.
New Jersey – Colorectal cancer screening saves lives. RWJBarnabas Health is
pledging its support to help increase colorectal cancer screening rates
by supporting the 80% by 2018 national 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 over five hundred organizations 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. 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 for it, but we have found that
many people aren’t getting tested because they don’t believe
they are at risk, don’t understand that there are testing options
or don’t think they can afford it,” said Steven K. Libutti,
MD, FACS, Senior Vice President for Oncology Services, RWJBarnabas Health
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. “The truth is that the vast majority of cases of colorectal cancer
occur in people age 50 and older. Colorectal cancer in its’ early
stages usually has 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 and there may be local resources available to help those
that are uninsured.”
While colorectal cancer incidence rates have dropped 30 percent in the
U.S. over the last 10 years among adults 50 and older, it is still the
second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S, despite being highly
preventable, detectable and treatable. In fact, in 2015 in the U.S., 132,700
cases of colorectal cancer were diagnosed.
Part of the 80% by 2018 goal is to leverage the energy of multiple and
diverse partners to empower communities, patients, providers to increase
screening rates. The 80% by 2018 initiative consists of health care providers,
health systems, communities, businesses, community health centers, government,
non-profit organizations and patient advocacy groups who are committed
to getting more people screened for colorectal cancer to prevent more
cancers and save lives.
“We are proud to be a part of this national initiative focused on
educating our communities about colorectal cancer and preventative screening,”
said Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer, RWJBarnabas
Health. “We are fully committed to doing all we can to help eliminate
colorectal cancer as a major public health problem within the communities
For more information or for a referral to an RWJBarnabas Health gastroenterologist, visit
rwjbh.org/80by18 or call