Colon Cancer Screening
What is measured?
The percentage of how many people, ages 50 to 75, who were tested for colon cancer at the appropriate time for their age and other risk factors such as family history.
How is the data gathered?
Each year PAMF submits data on specific [preventative] health care services and treatments we provide to our patients to the Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA), a statewide leadership group that promotes quality improvement, accountability and affordability of health care in California.
Why does it matter how well PAMF scores on colon cancer screenings?
Providing top-quality, evidence-based preventive care for you and your family is our priority at PAMF. The IHA rating on our colon cancer screening rates shows that we are providing you with the best possible and appropriate care to prevent you from getting colon cancer or detecting it early when it is easier to treat.
PAMF's Overall Score
81% of adults received colon screenings at the appropriate time in 2014
The IHA ranks PAMF greater than 95% above all other medical groups measured.
Facts about Colorectal Cancer Screening:
- Cancer of the colon (large intestine) occurs in the last portion of the digestive tract that ends with the rectum.
- Colon cancer is highly preventable with screening and early stages can be readily treated.
- More than 140,000 new cases are diagnosed each year most commonly in men and women over the age of 50.
- Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.
- Many patients develop polyps (small growths) in the colon, usually without symptoms. Some polyps turn into cancer over time. When polyps are removed, the risk of colon cancer is greatly reduced. Learn more about PAMF's colorectal cancer screening services.
- Screening for colorectal cancer is recommended for all men and women 50 and above. See our health maintenance guidelines for additional details.