The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has proposed an evaluation of its federally funded Colorectal Cancer Control Program to determine whether the program does what is it supposed to do: Increase state-level colorectal cancer screening rates and other related outcomes.
The CDC began funding the Colorectal Cancer Control Program in 2009 for a five-year period. Through a competitive application process, 29 sites were chosen to establish evidence-based colorectal cancer screening programs for those 50-64 years of age of average risk and with low incomes and inadequate or no health insurance coverage for screening.
Fight Colorectal Cancer has been a longtime proponent of the Colorectal Cancer Control Program and has repeatedly called upon Congress to provide enough funding to expand the program nationally. Since funding for many prevention programs are frequently at risk for cuts, a positive evaluation will be very useful when Fight Colorectal Cancer urges Congress to redouble its commitment to stopping cancer before it starts.
The evaluation will also inform other public health programs, since the Colorectal Cancer Control Program is the first cancer prevention and control program funded by the CDC that emphasizes both direct screening and screening promotion for the broader population.
On October 19, 2012, Fight Colorectal Cancer sent a letter to the Director of the CDC, Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH, in support of the proposed evaluation. You can read the letter here.