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SVMC Seeks Input on Colorectal Cancer Screening
03:04PM / Wednesday, June 30, 2021
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BENNINGTON, Vt.—June 30, 2021—Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) is initiating a survey to collect information about Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Screening. 
The goal of the survey is to understand barriers to screening so SVMC can address those barriers to increase patients' CRC screening rates and lower mortality due to colorectal cancer.
Colorectal cancer (cancer that begins in the colon) is the third most common cancer in the United States for both men and women. There are often no symptoms until the disease progresses, but is highly treatable in its early stages. Regular screenings can identify abnormalities early on and help prevent them from turning into cancer. In most cases, colorectal cancers begin as benign or non-cancerous polyps (small growths that project out from the inside lining of the colon or rectum). Not all polyps turn into cancer, but those that do typically take several years. Screening for colon cancer is crucial because it allows polyps or abnormal tissue to be detected and removed early, which can prevent cancer from developing. If colorectal cancer is found in early stages, it is extremely treatable.
"SVMC primary care providers are experts in screening for disease, including colorectal cancer," said Robert Schwartz, medical director for Primary Care, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam. "They are able to ensure that patients get the screening that is right for them. They will also ensure that the patient gets appropriate follow up and all questions are answered."
Community opinions about colorectal cancer screening will be collected using a short, anonymous digital survey. A link to the electronic survey will be published at, included in SVMC's weekly e-newsletter, and posted on the hospital's social media pages. Those who complete the survey can opt to submit their email address be included in a drawing to receive one of ten $50 gift cards. The survey will close on Aug. 5, 2021.
"The survey will provide vital information about the communities we serve," said Rory Price, the health system's coordinator of Population Health. "While SVMC is always looking for feedback from our community, this survey offers a chance for a deeper discussion about the barriers to good health that exist locally. Through this process, we can identify solutions and areas for improvement to support long and healthy lives for everyone in our community."
Those with questions about the CRC survey may contact Rebecca-Hewson Stellar, RN, Nurse Navigator at Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center at or 802-447-5082.
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