Colorectal Cancer Task Force


Throughout the month of March, the Department of Health in partnership with the Washington State Colorectal Cancer Task Force, will engage in a public education campaign aimed at reducing colorectal cancer burden by increasing awareness and alleviating barriers to screening. Colorectal Cancer is completely preventable with screening. Excluding skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. In the United States, colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men and in women, and the second most common cause of cancer deaths when men and women are combined. It's expected to cause about 51,020 deaths during 2019. Each Monday of March 2020 we will provide targeting information that highlights a different area of colorectal cancer and the types of screening available. Weekly information blasts and resources will be available on this site starting March 1, 2020.

Weekly Topic Briefers:

  • March 2nd, 2020: General Information About State of CRC
  • March 9th, 2020: Causes, Risk Factors, and Prevention
  • March 16th, 2020: Early Detection/Diagnosis
  • March 23rd, 2020: Significant Barriers to Screening
  • March 30th, 2020: Hereditary components


The Washington State Colorectal Cancer Task Force’s mission is to bring together a diverse group of stakeholders with the intent to improve existing screening programs through partnerships, the promotion of screening options, and the overall education of Washington residents on colorectal cancer prevention. The Washington State CRC Task Force is a group of representatives from various sectors including: Federally Qualified Health Centers, managed care organizations/payors, hospitals, primary care providers, government, tribal entities, and others involved in improving outcomes in CRC screening and prevention. The task force membership includes: clinical care team, quality improvement staff, researchers, survivors, community members, passionate volunteers, and other partners.

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