The program, which began in January of 2006, sought to screen over 11,400 Coloradans by the end of 2010 for colorectal cancer, contributing substantially towards the state’s overall goal of screening 75 percent of the total eligible population. Through May 2013, the program has completed more than 15,500 screens since its inception.
The program is accompanied by an awareness campaign to encourage all Coloradans, particularly those uninsured and income eligible, to get colorectal screening exams. The program was awarded monies through a competitive grants program through the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease and Chronic Pulmonary Disease Competitive Grants Program, funded by the state’s tobacco tax revenue.
Since 2006, the Colorado Colorectal Screening Program has been screening uninsured people by linking primary care clinics to endoscopists. We estimate that we've prevented 403 cases of colorectal cancer.
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