Colorectal cancer can affect anyone. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in Alabama. If you are 50 or older, get screened for colorectal cancer. Ask your doctor about screening options for colorectal cancer, including the new take-home test called FIT or iFOBT. If you are at high risk for colorectal cancer, you may need to be screened more frequently. Read more on screening and testing.
The FITWAY Alabama CRC Prevention Program
Alabama is one of 25 states and four tribal organizations to receive a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for colorectal cancer (CRC) prevention. This grant supports a comprehensive statewide program designed to increase CRC screening rates to 80% by 2014 among those 50 years of age and older.
The FITWAY Alabama CRC Prevention Programís goals include:
promoting U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) screening guidelines and quality assurance standards for CRC screening;
improving health system protocols to emphasize routine CRC screening as the standard of care;
promoting CRC screening through worksite wellness programs;
reducing barriers in patient access to CRC screening, such as copays;
establishing standing orders in primary care practices to increase availability of the high sensitivity fecal immunochemical test (FIT); and
educating patients about easier ways to be screened for CRC.
Golden Globe- and Academy Award-nominated actor Terrence Howard teamed with the CDC to discuss losing his mother to colon cancer and to urge people to get screened. You can see more videos in the series, which also features Meryl Streep, Diane Keaton, and Morgan Freeman, at the CDC.