PartnerMD, a concierge medical practice, announced today that it has made the pledge to help increase colorectal cancer screening rates by supporting the 80% by 2018 initiative, led by the American Cancer Society (ACS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT), a coalition co-founded by ACS and CDC.

Hundreds of organizations nationwide have committed to working to reduce colorectal cancer as a major public health problem. The shared goal of the 80% by 2018 initiative is to have 80 percent of adults aged 50 or older regularly screened for colorectal cancer by 2018. If the initiative’s goal is reached, 203,000 colorectal cancer deaths would be prevented by 2030.

“PartnerMD’s care approach is rooted in prevention, so signing the 80% by 2018 pledge is an affirmation of our commitment to our members,” said Dr. James Mumper, co-founder and chief medical officer at PartnerMD. “It’s paramount that adults over the age of 50 work with their physician to determine the appropriate plan for early colorectal screening. Early screening can – and does – save lives.”

While colorectal cancer incidence rates have dropped in the U.S. among adults 50 and older, it is still the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States, despite being highly preventable, detectable and treatable. In fact, it is estimated that in 2016, 134,490 cases of colorectal cancer will be diagnosed.

Part of the 80% by 2018 goal is to leverage the energy of multiple and diverse partners to empower communities, patients and providers to increase screening rates. Participants in the pledge include health care providers that are committed to getting more people screened, as well as physicians who can work with their patients to explain the process, schedule tests and answer questions.

All PartnerMD physicians in the practice’s eight locations are participating in the initiative. For more information about PartnerMD or its participation in the 80% by 2018 initiative, please contact us.

For more information about colorectal cancer screening, visit www.cancer.org/colon or contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.  For more information about the 80% by 2018 initiative, visit www.nccrt.org.