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Sacred Heart Cancer Center Receives Recognition from American Cancer Society

Posted: 2/8/2017

Dr. Thomas Sunnenberg

Sacred Heart Cancer Center has received the American Cancer Society (ACS) Colorectal Cancer Partnership (CRC) Award in recognition of the center’s colorectal cancer screening efforts. Sacred Heart Cancer Center will receive a monetary award to support continued colorectal cancer screening initiatives in 2017.

“We are pleased that our efforts to increase colorectal cancer screenings have been recognized by the American Cancer Society,” said Dr. Thomas Sunnenberg, a cancer specialist at Sacred Heart Hospital. “At Sacred Heart Cancer Center, we utilize evidence-based tools and strategies to provide patients with the best possible outcomes. Research has shown that colorectal cancer screenings and surveillance are the best tools for preventing colorectal cancer and detecting it early.”

The award recognizes hospital systems that have embraced a shared goal to have 80 percent of adults aged 50 and older receive regular screenings for colorectal cancer by 2018.  Criteria include a high level of engagement with ACS, signing of the “80% by 2018” national campaign pledge, and the implementation of colorectal cancer prevention and screening initiatives this year. “80% by 2018” is a National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable initiative that more than a thousand organizations have committed to substantially reducing colorectal cancer as a major public health problem and are working to impact the shared goal of 80% of adults aged 50 and older being regularly screened for colorectal cancer by 2018.

Over the past year Sacred Heart Cancer Center has worked with its Medical Group and Associates to improve colon cancer screening rates. The grant will help increase colorectal screening rates among Sacred Heart Hospital associates and the surrounding communities.

“Major strides have been made with screening rates in Florida, but we can do better,” said Megan Wessel, vice president health systems, Florida Division of ACS. “Our partnerships across the state are helping to improve those numbers and we are grateful for the collaboration.”

It is estimated colon cancer will be the second leading cause of cancer deaths in Florida in 2017, when men and women are combined, yet it can be prevented or detected at an early stage. There are several screening options available, including simple take home options. Talk to your doctor about getting screened.

Sacred Heart Cancer Center is only one of 22 hospital systems in Florida being recognized through the Colorectal Cancer Partnership Awards.

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