New Jersey Primary Care Association Pledges to Save Lives by Joining American Cancer Society’s “80%
Friday, March 11, 2016
Posted by: NJPCA
HAMILTON – March 11, 2016- Today, NJPCA along with several New Jersey Federally Qualified Health Centers made history by joining American Cancer Society, Congressman Donald M. Payne and Ross University by committing to achieving 80 percent screened for colorectal cancer by the year 2018.
With colorectal cancer being the nation’s third-leading cause of cancer-related deaths it is imperative that we raise awareness on the importance of colorectal cancer screenings in New Jersey.
Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. is an advocate for colorectal cancer awareness and a strong supporter of FQHCs in New Jersey. “By increasing awareness and screening rates, we can save thousands of lives in New Jersey, keeping families whole and our communities strong,” the Congressman said.
Dr. Alvarro Carrascal, Vice President of Health Systems for the American Cancer Society said, “Adults age 50 and older should be regularly screened for it. There are several screening options, including take hoe tests.” According to The American Cancer Society, “The national percentage of adults 50 and older who are up to date with recommended colorectal cancer screening has increased from 56 percent in 2002 to 65 percent in 2010.”
NJPCA has joined in signing the pledge to save lives by implementing change and raising awareness on colorectal cancer screenings at FQHCs statewide. “New Jersey Primary Care Association is proud to join the American Cancer Society for their 80% by 2018 Initiative and bringing so many organizations together to reach the common goal of having more New Jerseyans screened for colorectal cancer,” said Jillian Hudspeth, President and CEO of NJPCA. “It’s our collective mission to continue to educate the public that this is not only a necessary screening but almost always a free preventative service.”
NJPCA congratulates our FQHCs, North Hudson Community Action Corporation, Zufall Health Center, Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey Community Health Center and Ocean Health Initiatives for joining us today in taking the pledge for “80% by 2018.”