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University of Colorado Cancer Center

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

Overview, Goals, & Progress


Program Overview

The Colorado Colorectal Screening Program is a statewide program that partners with health care providers to offer no-cost patient navigation services for colorectal screening to the underserved.  The program, coordinated through the University of Colorado Cancer Center, is based in over 50 community health clinics across Colorado and partners with over 250 screening, pathology, and treatment providers.  The program is accompanied by an awareness campaign to encourage all Coloradans to get colorectal screening exams.


The Colorado Colorectal Screening Program, which began in January of 2006, sought to screen over 11,400 Coloradans by the end 2010 in an effort to contribute substantially to the state’s overall goal of screening 75 percent of the total eligible population. 

The 2015 Colorado Cancer Plan's goal for colorectal screening, released in April of 2011, is to reach and screen 80 percent of eligible Coloradans by the end of 2015.  The Program currently continues its no-cost patient navigation services as a step towards reaching the new 80 percent mark.


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


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