West Virginia’s Colorectal Cancer Initiative is operated and directed by the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control for the West Virginia Comprehensive Cancer Program and in conjunction with the Mountains of Hope Cancer Coalition.
Although death from colorectal cancer is highly preventable, it remains the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. The incidence for colorectal cancer (1993-2003, per 100,000 population) for men and women in West Virginia was 70.9 and 51.9, respectively. For these reasons, colorectal cancer is one of the Coalition’s top priority areas.
West Virginia’s goal is to increase colorectal cancer screening rates at the recommended intervals. To reach this goal, Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center and its partners have implemented a number of important strategies. For more information on WV’s Colorectal Cancer Initiative, please contact the Project Director at (304) 293-2370.