Austin, Texas – February 27, 2013
Colorectal cancer is the third most prevalent cancer, and an estimated 142,820 cases are expected to occur this year in the U.S. (American Cancer Society, 2013). Despite these numbers, colorectal cancer is one of the most detectable, and if found early, most treatable forms of cancer.
Many people delay colorectal cancer screening because of the potential for embarrassment and/or fear of discomfort associated with examinations. Other barriers to timely screening are lack of knowledge about screening tests among patients and lack of healthcare professional recommendation.
Nurses can affect the public’s awareness and willingness to use screening measures that can detect colorectal cancers early, increasing the opportunity for cure and survival. “Every Nurse Makes a Difference: Preventing Colorectal Cancer” is an online course providing nurses with accredited CE at http://www.noep.org. The project is made possible by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT).
ABOUT NOEP – NOEP is a nonprofit project of the Texas Nurses Association/Foundation.