Last week, more than 200 leaders and experts invested in advancing colorectal cancer screening met in Bethesda, MD, at the 21st annual meeting of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT).
The event, which closed Dec. 8, is the annual meeting of the NCCRT membership, a collaboration of more than 100 medical, advocacy, government, and corporate organizations focused on delivering quality colorectal cancer screening for those for whom screening is appropriate. Meeting attendees conduct strategic planning to advance shared NCCRT goals, while also highlighting the latest knowledge in colorectal cancer screening practice, research, and policy.
The themes of urgency and success were constant throughout the two and a half days, with added focus on determining how to ramp up our efforts to reach 80% of adults ages 50 or older screened regularly for colorectal cancer. The meeting featured presentations by nationally known experts, thought leaders, and decision makers on colorectal cancer screening policy and delivery, with ample opportunity to network and learn from fellow attendees. Additionally, pre-conference activity included an all-day strategy session to address the alarming increase in incidence of early onset colorectal cancers, a growing concern for public health leaders. Here is the agenda.
Other meeting highlights included the opening keynote from Rich Wender, MD, our chief cancer control officer and NCCRT chair, in which he reflected on our progress and challenges in meeting the 80% by 2018 goal; an inspiring call to infuse urgency into our efforts from Erica Sutton, MD, FACS, founder/president, Surgery on Sunday Louisville, Inc.; and a moving reflection on the role that survivors can play in advocacy efforts from Julienne Gede Edwards, stage 1V colorectal cancer survivor and grassroots advocacy manager, Fight Colorectal Cancer. Plus, in the great tradition of the 80% by 2018 effort, NCCRT members sang the latest colorectal cancer song, "Eighty," to the tune of "Hey Jude."
The meeting was made possible by the generous support of 22 sponsors who contributed more than $75,350 in sponsorships, surpassing NCCRT's goal of raising $60,000. An additional $20,000 was raised to support the early onset strategy meeting, bringing the total raised to $95,350 overall.
Find additional highlights on Twitter using the hashtag #NCCRT2017 and visit http://nccrt.org/event/2017-conference/ to learn more.
PHOTO: Pictured in the smaller image, from left are Mark B. Pochapin, MD, director, Division of Gastroenterology, Sholtz-Leeds Professor of Gastroenterology, and professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center; David Yavin, PhD, president, North America, Medial EarlySign; Gloria D. Coronado, PhD, Mitch Greenlick Endowed Senior Investigator in Health Disparities Research, Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, NCCRT Steering Committee; Karen E. Kim, MD, professor of medicine, dean of Faculty Affairs, associate director, Cancer Disparities, the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center; Jason A. Dominitz, MD, MHS, FASGE, AGAF National Program director for Gastroenterology Department of Veterans Affairs, acting GI Section Chief, VA Puget Sound Health Care System, professor of medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, University of Washington School of Medicine.