St. Vincent’s doctors work to improve cancer screening access

The physicians at the SWIM Center for Oncology at St. Vincent’s Medical Center have reaffirmed their commitment to cancer screening in collaboration with the American Cancer Society (ACS).

They are the first cancer program in the state of Connecticut, and one of the first in all of New England, to take a pledge that will improve access to screening for colorectal cancer, the medical center said. The pledge vows to screen 80% of those in need by 2018.

According to the ACS, nearly 137,000 men and women will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer while another 50,000 will die from it. Increasing colorectal cancer screening rates to 80% could save numerous lives each year by helping detect cancers early and avoid preventable cancer-related deaths.

To learn more about risk factors and colorectal screening at St. Vincent’s, visit stvincents.org.

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