The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded over $4 million to the DPH Comprehensive Cancer Program to conduct a statewide colorectal cancer screening initiative. Receipt of the award was announced by Renee Coleman-Mitchell, Section Chief of the Health Education, Management & Surveillance Section of DPH.
The new program will be integrated with the existing Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program and will provide colonoscopies to low-income and medically underserved residents of Connecticut for a 5-year period.
The Department of Public Health is pleased to add this critical screening component, as colorectal cancer is the 4th most common cancer diagnosed and the 3rd leading cause of cancer-related death in Connecticut. Connecticut’s application was selected from among 45 applications, through an extremely competitive process.