Which states have the highest screening rates for CRC? 4 takeaways

David A. Greenwald, MD, director of clinical gastroenterology and endoscopy at the New York City-based Mount Sinai Hospital and co-chair of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable's Public Awareness and Social Media Task Group detailed the successes seen in the roundtable's national colorectal cancer screening campaign, according to Targeted Oncology.

Here are the key details to know:

1. There weren't any states that achieved the 80 percent goal, but states such as Vermont (61.3 percent), Maine (60.7 percent), New Hampshire (58.7 percent) and North Dakota (52.3) had the highest colorectal cancer screening rates.

2. Providers in Centro De Salud De Lares and Centro De ServiciosPrimarios De Salud in Puerto Rico and the Anchorage, Alaska-based Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association achieved the 80 percent goal.

3. Additionally, the West Palm Beach, Fla.-based C.L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics and the New York City-based New York Citywide Colon Cancer Control Coalition improved screening rates. Brumback's screening rate went from 21 percent in 2013 to 82 percent in 2016. The New York Citywide Colon Cancer Control Coalition helped increase the screening rate in New York City from 41.7 in 2003 to 68.5 in 2016.

4. While the group came up short on its goal for 80 percent of adults 50 and older to get screened for colorectal cancer by 2018, Dr. Greenwald noted that there have been an additional 5.1 million screenings since the initiative launched in 2014, with the rate increasing from 59 percent in 2012 to 63 percent in 2015.

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