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University of Colorado Cancer Center

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

Program Highlights


Highlights

  • ​As of January 2017, CCSP has navigated approximately 20,800 endoscopic screens and detected over 140 cancers.
  • Check out our latest feature in Public News Service: "It's Easy to Be Screened." CCSP director, Holly Wolf, discussing CCSP and about being Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. 

In recent years, CCSP 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. An FOBT is a test that patients can do at home on a yearly basis. This test screens for colorectal cancer by detecting blood in the stool.

In fiscal year 2012, CCSP provided support to clinics interested in FOBT testing to create and organized approach for screening. This effort allowed for the distribution of 3861 FOBT kits.  Through this approach, 322 positive results were detected, leading to 199 referrals to CCSP for endoscopic workups. 
                                                                                                                                                           
 Sixth annual Undy 5000 raises approximately $58,000
  
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The Denver Undy 5000 5K run/walk was held on June 28 at City Park, and attracted nearly 680 finishing participants. This event was hosted by the Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA), who works to knock colon cancer out of the top three cancer killers. A percentage of the money raised benefiting the Colorado Colorectal Screening Program, who used the funds to provide colonoscopies to uninsured Coloradans 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. Its goal  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.
 
Click here ​for more information about the ​Undy 5000!