McLaren Flint's Community Connections: Colorectal Cancer Screening Initiatives

Author: McLaren Flint

We want to share a few of the ways McLaren Flint leadership, physicians, medical residents and fellows, and clinical and support staff are sharing their knowledge and skills to promote better health and well-being throughout Flint and Genesee County. These community connections come from a desire to make a difference in the health of all residents, no matter their age. Our Vision: McLaren Flint will be the recognized leader and preferred provider of primary and specialty healthcare services to the communities of mid-Michigan. This week we introduce you to……

Colorectal  Cancer Screening InitiativesThe Centers for Disease Control reports that only 7 in 10 U.S. adults aged 50 to 75 are up to date with colorectal cancer screening. To help improve those numbers, The Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren Flint has offered free at-home colorectal screening kits at community events, including the Greater Flint African American Sports Hall of Fame Golf Outing for the past three years. 

Earlier this year, staff from the McLaren Flint Internal and Family Medicine Residency programs and the Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren Flint also participated in a health fair at the Berston Field House in Flint. They offered colorectal screening education and one-on-one discussions with participants at high risk for colorectal cancer. They also handed out Cologuard at-home screening kits to those at low to moderate risk.

According to the American Cancer Society, African Americans are 20 percent more likely to get colorectal cancer and 40 percent more likely to die than most other groups. Education and screenings do save lives.