CDPHP Collaborative News: Spotlight on Colorectal Cancer Screening - MARCH 2014

Alaska Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

CDPHP Collaborative News

Move More, Eat Well, Stay Safe, Tobacco Free

Colorectal Cancer Resources

State of Alaska Comprehensive Cancer Control Program

Alaska Comprehensive Cancer Partnership

Alaska Colorectal Cancer Partnership - Facebook

Alaska Cancer Facts

Alaska Cancer Registry

ANTHC Colorectal Cancer Program

National Cancer Institute: Screening and Testing to Detect Colon and Rectal Cancer

American Cancer Society

Prevent Cancer Foundation: Colorectal Cancer Screening

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention: Cancer Prevention & Control

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention: Colorectal Cancer Control Program

Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates by State

Colorectal Cancer Incidence Rates by State

U.S. Cancer Statistics: An Interactive Atlas


A New Story: Colon Screening and What it Can Do For You

CDPHP Documents/Resources

Alaska Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan 2005 – 2010

Alaska Cancer Survivorship Resource Plan (2013)

Related Links

Safe and Healthy Me - Screening

Safe and Healthy Me: Screening


Get Screened: Take charge of your health. Take charge of your life.

This is a public education campaign that starts this month. It is designed to use media messages to increase the percentages of adult Alaskans who have received appropriate preventive health screenings, including colorectal cancer (CRC) screenings.

Go to Safe and Healthy Me, Screening page for more information.

MARCH 2014

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Spotlight on

Colorectal Cancer Screening

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. In 2013, about 143,000 people in the United States were diagnosed with colorectal cancer and about one-third of those people will die from the disease.[1] Many of those deaths could have been prevented because CRC is rarely fatal when detected early through routine screening.

Colorectal cancer almost always develops from precancerous polyps (abnormal growths) in the colon or rectum. Early detection through screening is crucial because screening tests help find polyps or cancer before the onset of symptoms. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening for colorectal cancer beginning at age 50.

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month – a perfect time to promote awareness about getting screened. Alaska ranks among the top 10 states in colorectal cancer incidence, but has one of the lowest screening rates. Only about 61% of Alaskans in the recommended age group have been screened for colorectal cancer, and rates are lower among people with low income, the under-insured or uninsured, and racial and Alaska Natives.[2]

In an effort to increase screening rates in Alaska, the Alaska Colorectal Cancer Partnership is launching a statewide CRC screening initiative March 1, 2014 called “The Cancer I Can Prevent”. It will promote screening for colorectal cancer through a website and patient education materials along with a media campaign. Once the website and tool-kit have officially launched an announcement will be made.

The Alaska Colorectal Cancer Partnership (ACCP) is a statewide coalition made up of government, tribal health, hospitals, and nonprofit organizations tasked with addressing colon cancer issues, including prevention, screening and access to care.

ACCP members include the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC), South Central Foundation, Ride for Life Alaska, Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center, Providence Cancer Center, Southeast Alaska Regional Health Corporation Arctic Slope Regional Health Corporation, Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation, Alaska Regional Hospital, the State of Alaska Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, and others.


  1. National Cancer Institute (website).
  2. Kelly, J. Alberts, S. Sacco, F.  and Lanier, A.  Colorectal Cancer in Alaska Native People, 2005–2009. Gastrointest Cancer Res. 2012 Sep-Oct; 5(5): 149–154.

Success Story: Nolan the Colon

Nolan the Colon - ANTHC

In October 2010, the ANTHC Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, in collaboration with the statewide CRC Partnership, purchased an inflatable colon model. Nicknamed “Nolan the Colon,” the model is a walk-through replica of a human colon that measures 20 feet wide by 32 feet long by 14 feet high.

The purpose of the colon model is to increase CRC screening among Alaskans by increasing knowledge, intention to be screened, and comfort regarding CRC screening. Display signs inside the model provide tips and advice for CRC prevention, including quitting tobacco use, eating fruits and vegetables, being physically active, and obtaining regular colorectal screenings. 

A study of the project published in 2013 showed that community member interaction with the colon model led to significant increases in knowledge, screening intention, and social support for screening.

Alaska BRFSS Prevalence and Trends Data show an increase in the proportion of the population ages 50 or older who report ever having CRC screening. From 1997 to 2012, screening rates increased from 41% to 61%.


> Alaska Tobacco Prevention and Control Annual Report FY2013

> Student Weight Status: Kenai Peninsula Borough School District (2014) - POSTED

> Ongoing 6-week Living Well Alaska chronic disease self-management workshops, February-August, 2014

Save the Date - Upcoming Events

Colorectal cancer screening: Research, programs, and what providers can do to help

  • Presented by Diana Redwood, PhD.
  • March 6, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.
  • Alaska Native Medical Center - Conference Room #2
  • Contact Judith Muller at 907-729-4497 or email for materials or information.


Learn to teach Tai Chi for Diabetes

Dr. Paul Lam will be leading a two-day workshop teaching Tai Chi Instruction for Diabetes. Two Master Trainers and one Senior Trainer from the Tai Chi for Health Institute will be supporting Dr. Lam.

Key Section Publications

> CDPHP Strategic Plan: Executive Summary (2012)

> CDPHP Strategic Plan (2012)

> Web of Chronic Disease Infographic (2013)