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MARCH 7: Watch the livestream of our "80% in Every Community" kickoff

Facebook Live events run from 10 - 11 a.m. ET and 2 - 3 p.m ET

The National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Fight Colorectal Cancer (Fight CRC), and the American Cancer Society will join forces this Thursday to kick off the new colorectal cancer screening campaign, "80% in Every Community."

Individuals and organizations are invited to join two events on March 7 via Facebook Live broadcasts. The morning event will be live broadcast on from 10 - 11 a.m. ET, and the afternoon event will broadcast on from 2 - 3 p.m. ET. The afternoon event is being broadcast live from our headquarters in Atlanta.

At Global Headquarters, public health influencers from around the country will come together to explore strategies for increasing colorectal cancer screening rates with the goal of achieving 80% screening in all communities. Speakers will include the nation's leading cancer control experts, local health care champions, survivors, and special guests. There will be a surprise musical performance!

The day will begin with a social media kick-off party at the UPS Suite at the Mercedes Benz Stadium to galvanize leaders of the Atlanta community to raise awareness about steps the local community can take to increase colorectal cancer screening rates. 

"80% in Every Community reemphasizes the commitment to our collective mission of achieving 80% screening rates in every community across the country," said Rich Wender, MD, our chief cancer control officer and chair of the NCCRT. "We must continue the hard work to break down barriers to ensure that everyone has access to life-saving colorectal cancer screening."

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. among men and women combined. We estimate that 145,600 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with the disease, and more than 51,000 people will die from it in 2019. 

The American Cancer Society recommends that men and women at average risk for colorectal cancer start screening at age 45. Screening can prevent colorectal cancer through the detection and removal of precancerous growths, as well as detect cancer at an early stage, when treatment is usually less extensive and more successful. About 1 in 3 adults age 50 or older, nearly 38 million people in the U.S., are not getting the recommended testing.

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