San Francisco Cancer Initiative’s Colorectal Cancer Task Force with the help of animator Mark Wooding of University of California, San Francisco created an educational video on colon cancer screening in English, Cantonese, and Spanish. These videos highlight the importance of colon cancer screening for individuals between the ages of 50 to 75. The two detection methods illustrated in the videos are the fecal immunochemical test (FIT) and Colonoscopy.
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States and a leading cause of years of life lost to cancer in San Francisco.
Screening detects precancerous polyps before cancer can develop, as well as early stage cancers at a time when they can be cured. It is one of the most effective ways to prevent colorectal cancer deaths.
As colorectal cancer screening rates have increased locally and nationally, incidence and mortality from colorectal cancer has started to decline.
UCSF is committed to supporting the 80 by 18 campaign in San Francisco. 80 by 18 means raising the screening rate to 80% of eligible adults by 2018. Many of San Francisco’s health systems are already close to this level of screening, but there is still much to do , particularly among the underinsured and those who belong to medically vulnerable groups served by safety net clinics.
In our first year, SF-CAN will support safety net clinics belonging to the San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium. This includes technical assistance to increase screening rates, thorough reporting systems, and improving patient navigation to ensure that people with abnormal screening tests receive timely follow up.
UCSF, the American Cancer Society, San Francisco Health Plan, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, and other community stakeholders are partnering in these efforts.
By increasing completion of fecal immunochemical tests (FIT) among average risk patients, increasing the screening rate in participating clinics to 80%, and pursuing follow up colonoscopies with at-risk patients, the Task Force hopes to decrease the rate of colorectal cancers in San Francisco within 5 years.
Goal: Increased standardization around stool-based testing using single sample FIT
Method: Collaboration with community partners and the San Francisco DPH to all safety net clinics in SF use single sample FIT.
Goal: Increase screening of at-risk populations by 10% each year
Method: Help clinics increase CRC screening rates by providing materials, training, and technical assistance. Patient registries established
Goal: Decrease proportion of people without a follow-up colonoscopy within one year of an abnormal FIT by 10% each year
Method: Systematically identify patients with positive FIT and other high-risks and refer to ZSFG for colonoscopies