According to the CDC colorectal cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the U.S., but it doesn’t have to be. Few preventive interventions are as reliably effective in reducing avoidable death as screening for colorectal cancer.
Many are working to increase screening rates of colorectal cancer (CRC) in the United States with the goal of achieving 80%. However, approximately 32% of age-eligible U.S. adults do not follow the current CRC screening guidelines. CRC can even be prevented if asymptomatic polyps and other early-stage cancers are detected and treated early. Better tools and associated clinical outreach are needed to encourage patient compliance, particularly for patients at highest risk.