Payne, Jr. Joins American Cancer Society, NJ Health Organizations at Colorectal Cancer Pledge Signing Event

Mar 11, 2016 Issues: Health Care, Local Issues
Payne, Jr. Joins American Cancer Society, NJ Health Organizations at Colorectal Cancer Pledge Signing Event

Newark, N.J. – Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) today joined the American Cancer Society, the New Jersey Primary Care Association, and New Jersey Federally Qualified Health Centers as the organizations announced their commitment to 80% by 2018, a national initiative to increase colorectal cancer screening rates to 80% by 2018.

“Having lost my father too early in life to colorectal cancer, I know firsthand the seriousness of this disease and the importance of early detection,” said Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10). “Colorectal cancer is highly preventable and treatable—but you have to catch it early. By increasing awareness and screening rates, we can save thousands of lives in New Jersey, keeping families whole and our communities strong. That is why I am proud to endorse the 80% by 2018 Initiative and pledge to do all that I can to help achieve this goal to prevent and eliminate colorectal cancer.”

At the event, several New Jersey Federally Qualified Health Centers—including North Hudson Community Action Corporation, Zufall Health Center, and Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey Community Health Center—announced their commitment to make internal changes to increase colorectal cancer screenings throughout the state. The event took place at the New Jersey Primary Care Association in Hamilton, New Jersey.

“The term ‘public health champion’ accurately describes the body of work of Congressman Payne, Jr.,” said Dr. Alvaro Carrascal, Vice President of Health Systems of the American Cancer Society.  “His dedication to making an impact on the lives of New Jersey residents by increasing colon cancer awareness and screening rates will result in significant numbers of colon cancers prevented and cancer deaths avoided.”

According to the American Cancer Society, the percentage of New Jersey adults age 50 and older who are up-to-date with colorectal cancer screening stood at 63.1 percent in 2012. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States when men and women are combined, even though it is largely preventable thanks to effective screening tools.

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