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University of Colorado Cancer Center, A National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center

Program Highlights and Updates


The Program, coordinated through the University of Colorado Cancer Center, is currently based in 52 community clinics and partners with more than 250 screening, pathology, and treatment providers. 

Through March 2015, the Program has completed approximately 18,000 endoscopic screens and detected 140 cancers.  


The Colorado Colorectal Screening Program successfully competed for funding for a three year grant, which allowed for substantial restoration of program activities.

The Program cultivated a hybrid approach to screening with a primary focus on restoring endoscopic screens throughout Colorado, while also championing a comprehensive approach to screening by using high-sensitivity fecal occult blood tests (FOBT), both guaiac-based and fecal immunochemical. A FOBT is a test that patients can do at home on a yearly basis.  It screens for colorectal cancer by detecting blood in the stool.  

In fiscal year 2012, the Program provided support to clinics interested in FOBT to create an organized approach for screening. This effort allowed for distribution of 3861 FOBT kits with positive results from 322 kits, leading to 199 referrals to CCSP for endoscopic work-ups.   

The Program maintains partnerships with providers and clinics to offer eligible patients endoscopic screens for screening, surveillance, and positive FOBT.

 Sixth annual Undy 5000 raises approximately $58,000

The Denver Undy 5000 5K run/walk was held June 28 and attracted approximately 680 finishing participants. The event was held at City Park in Denver.  
The Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA), who works to knock colon cancer out of the top three cancer killers, hosted the event with a percentage of the money raised benefiting the Colorado Colorectal Screening Program, a program that provides uninsured Coloradans colonoscopies at no cost through the University of Colorado Cancer Center and community gastroenterologists.
The Undy 5000 is held in many cities across the country throughout the year. The goal of the event is to educate the public about colon cancer, promote screenings, and get people talking about this deadly, but preventable, disease. The event particularly stresses the importance of timely colon cancer screening, and  provides valuable information for those already affected by the disease. It also raises much needed funds to support and build the CCA’s national and local prevention, research and patient support programs.
The race stands out from many other 5K events because participants run in specially designed boxer-style shorts, providing a fun way to bring attention to a serious disease. This is a family-oriented event open to all ages. In addition to the 5K, there was a 1-mile family fun run and a silent auction.
Regional sponsors of this event include CU Cancer Center, University of Colorado Hospital, Braintree Laboratories. National sponsors include Dulcolax, Salix Pharmaceuticals, Amgen Oncology, Genentech, Bayer Pharmaceuticals. Others include Hemosure Fit, EndoNurse, Ethicon Endo-Surgery, and Practical Gastroenterology.
More information about the Undy 5000 is available online at  
March 15,2013
Check out our latest feature in Public News Service.
"It's Easy to Be Screened"
Our director, Holly Wolf, talks about March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness and our Program. 

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