The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced that new funding from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention had arrived in North Carolina. The money will go toward more screening for colorectal cancer in the state, according to Spectrum News.
The funding will focus on historically underserved communities, educating on the importance of screening and improving screening systems, Spectrum reports.
Colorectal cancer is treatable and beatable if caught in early stages, says Dr. Susan Kansagra. “Our aim is to remove barriers to screening and treatment for people in the higher-risk age range (50 to 75), including those who may not have access to health insurance, and move North Carolina further toward the national testing goal of screening 80 percent in every community.”
NCDHHS emphasized the importance of screening to help catch the disease early.
“As the COVID-19 virus also disproportionately impacts historically marginalized populations in North Carolina, it is more important than ever to increase preventative screenings among the state’s vulnerable communities,” DHHS said in a press release.