Tallahassee, FL― Capital Regional Medical Center has been chosen by the American Cancer Society (ACS) to receive a Colorectal Cancer Partnership (CRC) Award in recognition of its support for and efforts in colorectal cancer screening. The CRC Partnership Award will provide Capital Regional with a monetary award to support colorectal cancer screening initiatives in 2017.

"We are passionate about the cause to improve colorectal cancer screening rates," said Craig Pate, Director of the Capital Regional Cancer Center. "We are asking all members of our community to come together and help us by getting screened and talking to your friends and family who are over 50 years of age about getting screened. Together, we can help to eliminate colorectal cancer as a major public health problem."

The award recognizes hospital systems that have embraced a shared goal to have 80% of adults aged 50 and older regularly screening 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 over 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.

"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.

Twenty-two hospital systems in Florida are being recognized through the Colorectal Cancer Partnership Awards.