The Colorado Colorectal Screening Program started in 2006 as a way to reach people in urban and rural parts of the state where colon cancer screening rates were lowest. Now, over a decade later, nearly 30,000 people have been screened as the program is transforming into the Colorado Cancer Screening Program (CCSP).
“We are hoping to navigate an additional 7,000 Coloradan’s to preventive screenings as well as identify those who are at a higher risk of developing these cancers,” says Ms. Andi Dwyer, director of the Colorado Cancer Screening Program and Pprogram director at the Colorado School of Public Health. “The increased screening will have an enormous impact on preventing cancer diagnoses and deaths in our state, with focus on high risk, lung and colorectal cancer as the leading cancer killers’ In addition we are solidifying the sustainability of the navigation workforce in this effort and advance navigation in Colorado and nationally,” says Ms. Dwyer.
In an effort to provide “whole-person cancer screening” to underserved and underinsured Coloradans, CCSP will expand its patient navigational services to include lung cancer screening, genetic and familial screening, and better align with breast cancer and cervical cancer programs. The initiative is designed to help patients navigate and understand the healthcare system when it comes to screening, diagnosis, treatment, follow up procedures and making cancer prevention a priority.
In order to reach as many people as possible, the CCSP works with safety net primary care clinics all over the state to increase screening rates. The program has partnered with local clinics in 56 of the 64 counties across Colorado.