In Fiscal Year 2019, Frederick Regional Health System (FRHS) adopted as one of it’s Corporate goals: to “Develop a community program focused on African Americans at risk for Colorectal Cancer”.
Colorectal Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in Maryland. Between the years of 2011-2015, The Incidence rates for Colorectal Cancer in Frederick County was 36.4. During these same years, the incidence rate for African Americans was higher at 39.6
(*rates are per 100,000 population and age adjusted to 2000 U.S. standard population.)
As one of its tactics towards meeting this goal, FRHS has formed a Colorectal Cancer Steering Committee consisting of hospital staff, partners from the community, and leaders from the African American community in an effort to better reach this population.
The goal for the current Fiscal Year 2020 is to reach and screen 250 individuals. The CRC steering committee members are from:
- Frederick County Health Department
- Frederick Memorial Hospital
- American Cancer Society
- Frederick Community Action Agency
- Master Specialty Pharmacy