VA Among Leaders in the Nation for Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently received recognition from the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCR) for high achievements in cancer screening. The VA is now a part of the NCCR’s Hall of Fame for reaching an 82 percent screening rate for colorectal cancer, higher than the NCCR goal.
The NCCR is a program under the American Cancer Society and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Established in 1997, the NCCR aims to improve cancer screening and awareness of colorectal cancers. Their goal is for all health care networks to reach an 80 percent screening rate. Current national average screening rate is around 60 percent.
Colorectal cancer is the second most common cause of cancer-related death in the United States. When detected early, it is much easier to manage and prevent. Unfortunately, many adults do not receive proper screenings and usually only catch the cancer once it is in its later, fatal stages.
The VA has extensive policies and guidelines to improve screening and facilitate treatment. The VA’s colorectal screening programs include patient and staff education, clinical reminders, and increased access to screening for all veterans.
Find Out if Your Colorectal Cancer Qualifies as a Service-Connected Disability
Many of the environmental exposures soldiers meet during service can cause cancer. If you deployed in an area or combat theater that contained any potentially carcinogenic materials and you developed certain cancers you might qualify for veterans’ disability benefits. The Disability Help Group can help you learn more about your rights to veterans’ disability benefits. If you have already applied and received a denial, we can help you file an appeal.
Call us at 800-800-2009 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our disability advocates today.