Tag Archives: Colorectal cancer screening
The Patient Navigator Program at MGH: Improving Compliance with Colorectal Cancer Screening Guidelines in Underserved Populations
The Colorectal Cancer Patient Navigator Program at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Chelsea is widely recognized as a best practice for increasing colorectal cancer screening rates and reducing healthcare disparities among low income patients and those with low English proficiency, … Continue reading
Policy Alternatives to Address the Problem of Low Compliance with Colorectal Cancer Screening Guidelines in Massachusetts
Link to full report Executive Summary The Problem: If detected early, colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon and/or rectum) has a 90 percent cure rate (National Colon Cancer Research Alliance 2011), but because of low rates of screening compliance it … Continue reading
This paper examines the reasons behind the lack of adherence to colonoscopy screening guidelines and suggests strategies for improving compliance with these quality measures based on a review of the pertinent literature and the author’s own opinions.
In this essay, I argue that the recommended age for getting a colonoscopy should be lowered and provide case studies to prove my points. While this is an “argument essay,” my reasons for choosing the topic were personal. My mother died from colon cancer a few months before I wrote this piece and she was a day shy of 52 when the disease took her life. Continue reading