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Screen for Life: National Colorectal Cancer Action Campaign

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CDC's Screen for Life: National Colorectal Cancer Action Campaign informs men and women aged 50 years and older about the importance of having regular colorectal cancer screening tests.

Screening tests help find precancerous polyps so they can be removed before they have a chance to turn into cancer. This prevents the disease. Screening also can find this cancer at an early stage, when treatment is most effective. However, about one-third of adults aged 50 or older (about 22 million people)—the age group at greatest risk of developing colorectal cancer—have not been screened appropriately.

For an overview of the Screen for Life campaign, download the Screen for Life backgrounder [PDF-790KB]. You may also view the campaign's latest achievements and activities. [PDF-672KB]

Screen for Life Public Service Announcements (PSAs)

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Screen for Life televisiontelevision and radioradio PSAs answer important questions and misconceptions about colorectal cancer screening. In the newest PSAs from the campaign, Academy Award®-winning actress Meryl Streep says, "There is so much in life we can't control. But here's something we can: colorectal cancer." She talks about getting screened herself and urges others to do all they can to prevent colorectal cancer, by getting screened.

In addition to watchingwatching or listeninglistening to the Meryl Streep PSAs, this exclusive video takes you behind the scenes at filming of the Screen for Life PSAs.

Ms. Streep joins an outstanding group of celebrities who have participated in CDC's Screen for Life campaign, including actors Terrence Howard, Jimmy Smits, Diane Keaton, and Morgan Freeman, as well as journalist Katie Couric. PSAs featuring these celebrities were created in partnership with the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance (NCCRA), cofounded by Ms. Couric. NCCRA is a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation.

You can preview all of Screen for Life's television,television, radio,radio, and printprint PSAs.

Screen for Life TV PSAs can be embedded on your own blog or personal Web site by visiting CDC's Streaming Health YouTube channel.

Other Screen for Life Resources

Screen for Life has created a suite of educational materials in English and Spanish for patients and health professionals. Print materials,Print materials, including fact sheets, brochures, and posters, can be viewed, printed, and ordered online.

Partners

In addition to its partnership with the Entertainment Industry Foundation's NCCRA, Screen for Life is proud to partner with 50 state health departments, two tribal organizations, and the District of Columbia. All of these partners use campaign messages and materials to increase awareness at the community level about the need for colorectal cancer screening for men and women aged 50 years or older. Screen for Life also partners with CDC's Colorectal Cancer Control Program (CRCCP)Colorectal Cancer Control Program (CRCCP) grantees by providing a variety of campaign materials and resources.

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