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In 2009, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launched the Colorectal Cancer Control Program (CRCCP) by providing funding to 22 states and four tribal organizations across the United States for five years, including Pennsylvania.

Our goal is to increase colorectal (colon) cancer screening rates of men and women aged 50 years and older in Pennsylvania from about 64% to 80% in the funded states by 2014.  An increase in screening rates will reduce illness, costs, and death caused by colorectal cancer.

Colorectal Cancer Saves Lives

Colorectal Cancer - cancer of the colon or rectum - is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in Pennsylvania.  In 2006, 2,822 people in Pennsylvania died of colorectal cancer (1,365 men and 1,457 women).

Colorectal Cancer Screening - can find precancerous polyps (adnornal growths in the color or rectum) so that they can be removed before turning into cancer.  Screening also helps find colorectal cancer at the an early stage, when treatment often leads to a cure.  The everyone aged 50 or older had regular screening test and all precancerous polyps were removed, as many as 60% of deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented.

Objectives of the program are to:

  • Increase physicans' knowledge of colorectal cancer screening guidelines and quality improvement strategies to increase the percentage of Pennsylvanians screened for colorectal cancer.
  • Support public education on colorectal cancer screening guidelines and risk factors.
  • Provide free colorectal cancer screening services to eligible individuals residing in Philadelphia County through the Philadelphia Department of Health.

System Change

The Pennsylvania Colorectal Cancer Control program partners with the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicans (PAFP) to implement a practice-based quality improvement program.  PAFP works with physician practices and health systems to implement system changes to increase colorectal cancer screening among men and women age 50 and older in their practices.

Colorectal Cancer Awareness

CRCCP supports the American Cancer Society in their delivery of education on colorectal cancer screening guidelines, risk factors, cancer support services, and treatment options.  For more information about colorectal cancer, please visit American Cancer Society or call American Cancer Society at (800) 277-2345.

Who is eligible for colorectal cancer screening?

  • Men and women aged 50 to 64 years.
  • Low income (up to 250% of the Federal poverty level).
  • Inadequate or no health insurance.
  • Average risk for colorectal cancer.
  • Resident of Philadelphia.

Approximate number of people screened each year: 350

To see if you are eligible for CRCCP-funded screening program, contact:

Philadelphia County Department of Health 215-685-6560

Department of Health contact:

Division of Cancer Prevention and Control 717-787-1457