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SD Comprehensive Cancer Control Program Recognizes Efforts to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening

A South Dakota health care professional and a health care facility are being recognized for their efforts to increase colorectal cancer screening as part of a national effort to screen 80 percent of the eligible population by 2018.

The state’s Comprehensive Cancer Control Program Colorectal Cancer Task Force has honored Sara Romeo, RN Navigator for Falls Community Health, and Sanford Health Family Medicine Clinics in the Sioux Falls Region for increasing screening rates among their eligible patients. Sara was awarded the 80 percent by 2018 Champion of the Year Award and Sanford Health Family Medicine Clinics received the 80 percent by 2018 Organization of the Year Award.

“The staff at the Sanford Health Family Medicine Clinics and Sara Romeo should be applauded for their hard work and dedication to increase colorectal cancer screening. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in South Dakota,” said Karen Cudmore, cancer programs director for the Department of Health; “We know that colorectal cancer screening tests can save lives, but the reality is too many adults aren’t following the recommendation for regular screening beginning at age 50.”

According to the 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey, just 66.7 percent of South Dakota adults aged 50 to 75 were up to date with colorectal cancer screening. The state is part of a national effort working toward the goal of increasing colorectal cancer screening rates to 80 percent by 2018.

For more information about screening, go to GetScreened.SD.gov.

Sanford Clinic & Sanford Health Network received the 80 percent by 2018 Organization of the Year Award for increasing colorectal cancer screening rates. Pictured from left are Jill Ireland, SD Comprehensive Cancer Control Program Colorectal Cancer Task Force, Dan Heinemann, MD, Health Network Vice President and Medical Officer, Sanford Clinic and Sanford Health Network, and Terri L Carlson, Executive Director, Sanford Health.

Sara Romeo, RN, Falls Community Health Nurse Navigator, received the 80 percent by 2018 Champion of the Year Award for increasing colorectal cancer screening rates. She is pictured with (left) Sarah Quail, SD Department of Health Cancer Program Coordinator and (right) Jill Ireland, SD Comprehensive Cancer Control Program Colorectal Cancer Task Force.

 


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