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City Leaders Joins Forces with Over 200 Local and National Organizations to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screenings Rates Across the Country

PRESS RELEASE                                                                               Wednesday June 24, 2015

Contact: Brittany Sharp

Phone: 205-721-5369

brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov

Birmingham –Colorectal cancer screening has been proven to save lives and Mayor Bell, and the Birmingham City Council are serious about spreading the message. Both the Mayor and the Council have joined together to sign a pledge to help increase colorectal cancer screening rates by supporting the 80% by 2018 initiative. The iniative, led by the American Cancer Society (ACS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (an organization co-founded by ACS and CDC). This joint pledge makes Birmingham the first city where the Mayor and City Council have come together to sign a pledge in support of improvements in colon cancer.

“We are very excited to be apart of an initiative that could save the lives of so many in our community,” President Pro Tem Jay Roberson said. “Colorectal cancer is a major public health problem, and adults age 50 and older should be regularly screened for it, but we have found that many people aren’t getting tested because they don’t believe they are at risk, don’t understand that there are testing options or don’t think they can afford it.”

Under a new initiative known as the “80% by 2018” nearly two hundred organizations have committed to eliminating colorectal cancer as a major public health problem and are working toward the shared goal of 80% of adults aged 50 and older being regularly screened for colorectal cancer by 2018. Leading public health organizations, such as ACS, CDC and the NCCRT are rallying organizations to embrace this shared goal.

“As a part of the joint pledge, we are asking everyone in our communities to join us in the fight against colon cancer, by coming together and helping us encourage your friends and family who are over 50 years of age to get screened,” said Councilor Roberson. “Together, we can help to eliminate colorectal cancer as a major public health problem.”

For more information or to learn about resources in your area, visit: cancer.org.

For media inquiries please contact the Birmingham City Council Director of Public Information Brittany Sharp at 205.254.2036 or brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov.