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Minnesota Organizations Join Together to Save 500 Lives
Date:3/18/2010

Goal Is to Increase Colon Screenings That Could Prevent Cancer

BLOOMINGTON, Minn., March 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As part of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, four health organizations have kicked off an initiative to increase screenings for Minnesotans at risk from this disease. Involved in the effort are the American Cancer Society, Minnesota Cancer Alliance, Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI), and MN Community Measurement (MNCM).  

"With appropriate screening and surveillance, most colon cancers are preventable," says Brian Rank, MD, Medical Director of HealthPartners Medical Group and Board Chair, ICSI. "Yet one in three Minnesotans are not getting screened as recommended.  Increasing screenings to 80% of eligible patients has the potential to save hundreds of lives annually in Minnesota by preventing the development of late stage colon cancers."

The initiative has four objectives: 1) raise awareness of the importance of screening for colorectal cancer among those at risk, 2) help providers recommend the right screening option based on the patient's need, ability to pay, and preferences, 3) develop best clinical practices that facilitate identi
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