Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. The American Cancer Society estimates that about 140,000 colorectal cancer cases and about 50,000 deaths from colorectal cancer occur each year.
With awareness, screenings and early detection, colorectal cancer is highly treatable. However, West Virginia has one of the highest rates of late diagnosis of colon cancer.
The American Cancer Society recently kicked off its Hospital Systems Capacity Building initiative to help hospital systems across the country facilitate community partnerships to better address cancer prevention and screenings.
CAMC is one of two hospitals nationwide chosen to target colon cancer screening rates. Other hospitals are concentrating on increasing HPV vaccination rates and breast health equity.
The COP project is intended to foster integration into the community to better serve a target population. The program is expected to be built during the next three to five years.