Local Cancer Services Program Supports National Initiative - Increasing colon cancer screening rate to 80% saves lives

Local Cancer Services Program Supports National Initiative
Increasing colon cancer screening rate to 80% saves lives


PLATTSBURGH, NY (3/12/2019)The Cancer Services Program (CSP) of Northeastern New York joins other CSPs across the state to support the 80% in Every Community initiative which aims to substantially reduce colorectal cancer as a major public health problem by increasing the screening rate for colorectal cancer to 80%. This initiative will build on the tremendous success of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable’s previous initiative, “80% by 2018,” launched in March 2014.


The Cancer Services Program (CSP) of Northeastern New York, which is administered by the University of Vermont Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital (CVPH), offers free screenings for colon, breast and cervical cancers to people without insurance who qualify for the program.


Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in New York State. Each year, more than 9,000 New Yorkers get colorectal cancer and more than 3,000 die as a result. Yet, with recommended screening, the number of people who die from colorectal cancer could be lowered by at least 60%. 

According to the most recent data (2017), 70.1% of New York State adults, ages 50 to 75 years were screened for colorectal cancer. This is a slight increase from 68.5% in the previous year. Consistent across both reports is the fact that individuals without insurance and individuals without a health care provider are less likely to be screened than individuals with insurance and those who have a health care provider.  The data show that other opportunities to increase the screening rate are to focus on men and individuals in the 50-64 age range.


“The CSP stands ready in our community to join health clinics, health plans, employers, county government, and others to achieve an 80% screening rate or higher. While our main focus is to provide cancer screening services to the uninsured, we are excited to partner with organizations interested in implementing evidence-based practices to increase their screening rates and potentially save lives,” said Sarah Granquist, Targeted Outreach Worker for CSP.

“There is room for improvement which can only come from working together to reach all people in need of screening.”


Screening is recommended for all men and women ages 50 to 75 years. Individuals with a personal or family history of colon polyps, colorectal cancer, or a personal history of inflammatory bowel disease, are at higher risk for developing colorectal cancer and should talk to their doctors about when to begin screening and how often they should be tested. For more information, call the CSP of Northeastern New York at (518) 324-7671 for more information.




About Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital
The University of Vermont Health Network - Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital is a private, not-for profit hospital and a subsidiary of Community Providers Inc., (CPI). Established in 1967 with the merger of Champlain Valley and Physicians hospitals, CVPH joined Fletcher Allen Partners in 2012, which in 2014, became The University of Vermont Health Network.  Together with its partners, Alice Hyde Medical Center, Central Vermont Medical Center, Elizabethtown Community Hospital and the University of Vermont Medical Center, CVPH provides high quality, cost effective care, close to home. Services include an award winning cardiac services program, accredited cancer center, freestanding ambulatory surgery center, comprehensive rehabilitation services and a 24 hour physician-staffed Emergency Care Center.  Governed by a 15-member Board of Directors, CVPH is accredited by the Joint Commission and licensed by New York State and Medicare/Medicaid approved.  Learn more at or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.



About The University of Vermont Health Network

The University of Vermont Health Network is an academic health system that is comprised of six affiliate hospitals, a multi-specialty medical group, and a home health agency. We serve the residents of Vermont and northern New York with a shared mission: working together, we improve people’s lives.  Our partners include:



Our 4,000 health care professionals are driven to provide high-quality, cost-efficient care as close to home as possible. Strengthened by our academic connection to the University of Vermont, each of our hospitals remains committed to its local community by providing compassionate, personal care shaped by the latest medical advances and delivered by highly skilled experts.



About The New York State Cancer Services Program

The New York State Cancer Services Program provides breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screenings and diagnostic services at no cost to women and men who live in New York State, do not have health insurance, have health insurance with a cost share that makes the cost of screening too high, and meet the program rules for age and income. To find a Cancer Services Program visit

or call 1-866-442-CANCER (2262). If you live in Clinton, Essex, or Franklin County, call the local office at (518) 324-7671.