Programs & Initiatives in Healthcare – 80% by 2018

Programs and Initiatives in Healthcare
80% by 2018 Colorectal Cancer Screening

80% by 2018 is a National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable initiative where organizations – medical professionals, academic centers, survivor groups, government agencies, cancer coalitions, cancer centers, payers and many others – have committed to substantially reducing colorectal cancer as a major public health problem.

Colon cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. when men and women are combined, yet it can be prevented or detected at an early stage. If this initiative can reach that goal, 277,000 cases and 203,000 colorectal cancer deaths could be prevented by 2030.

That’s why hundreds of organizations have signed the pledge that by 2018, 80% of adults aged 50 and older will be regularly screened for colorectal cancer.

The Minnesota Cancer Alliance, a partnership dedicated to reducing Minnesota’s cancer burden, signed the pledge in 2014.

Meeting the goal in Minnesota

Minnesota is one of 25 states and four tribes that offer colorectal cancer screening through the Colorectal Cancer Control Program (CRCCP). Since 2010, Minnesota Department of Health’s Sage Scopes program has provided free colonoscopies for eligible Minnesota men and women.

Recognizing that more needs to be done, MDH and Minnesota’s health care leaders have combined forces to explore the opportunities and develop the next steps to meet this national goal.

Currently, Minnesota is at 71% of adults aged 50 and older who are regularly screened for colorectal cancer.

Minnesota’s opportunity

When these leaders came together as the Minnesota Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, they identified six areas that can help our state move toward 80% by 2018.

  • Communicate and promote the benefits of CRC screening to the newly insured
  • Address the financial barriers or disincentives for screening
  • Engage and support providers in achieving the statewide goal for CRC screening
  • Educate providers and patients about the variety of effective screening tests
  • Address the disparities in colorectal cancer screening
  • Identify access issues for specialty care follow-up, and care and treatment for screened patients


The Minnesota Colorectal Cancer Roundtable has kicked off several initiatives aimed at Minnesota reaching 80% by 2018.

Learn how your organization can advance 80% by 2018:

For more information

If you would like to learn more about the Minnesota Department of Health’s role in 80% by 2018, contact Mike Flicker at 651-201-5612 or email at