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Atlantic Health System Unites with the American Cancer Society in the Fight Against Colorectal Cancer


Atlantic Health System (AHS), a leading health care delivery network, announced today the organization’s commitment to increase colorectal cancer screening in New Jersey by joining ‘80% by 2018’ - a national effort of the American Cancer Society in the fight against the disease. 

Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in both men and women. In 2017, there will be an estimated 95,520 new cases of colon cancer and 39,910 cases of rectal cancer diagnosed in the U.S.

The national percentage of adults 50 and older that are up-to-date with recommended colorectal cancer screening was 65 percent in 2010. 

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“This announcement marks Atlantic Health System’s commitment to achieve an 80 percent screening rate for colorectal cancer by 2018,” said Brian Gragnolati, President & CEO.  “New Jersey ranks 30th out of 50 states for screening rates.  Our role in this initiative and collaboration with community partners will increase screenings and ultimately, save lives.” 

Colorectal cancer incidence rates continue to decline in people 50 and older, dropping by 32 percent just since 2000. 

“This trend is thought to be largely a result of screening, which can prevent colorectal cancer by detecting and removing precancerous polyps,” said Eric Whitman, MD, medical director, Atlantic Health System Cancer Care.  “If caught early, colorectal cancer is highly curable, but advanced disease remains difficult to treat. Adults age 50 and older should be regularly screened for colorectal cancer,” added Whitman.

In a stark contrast to the colorectal cancer incidence trends in those 50 and older, incidence rates among people younger than 50 continue to rise, increasing by 22 percent from 2000 to 2013. While the reasons for the increase have yet to be confirmed, factors thought to play a role include increasing rates of excess body weight, as well as changes in lifestyle patterns that precipitated the obesity epidemic, like unhealthy dietary patterns and a sedentary lifestyle.

Despite dramatic reductions in overall colorectal cancer incidence and mortality, striking disparities by age, race, and tumor subsite remain. That's according to the latest edition of Colorectal Cancer Statistics and its companion publication, Colorectal Cancer Facts & Figures 2017-2019, published every three years by the American Cancer Society. 

The hospitals and physicians of Atlantic Health System Cancer Care - Morristown, Overlook, Chilton, Newton and Hackettstown medical centers, as well as Atlantic Medical Group - have expanded access to screenings and partnered with local community organizations to raise awareness about the importance of regular screening.   

Upcoming events include:

Basking Ridge

  • Wednesday, March 29, 6:00 to 7:30pm, “Preventing Colorectal Cancer: What You Should Know About Diet, Environment and Personalized Screening” with Razvan Arsenescu, MD, Morristown Medical Center; Lawrence Harrison, MD; Morristown Medical Center; and Thangamani Seenivasan, MD, Somerset Medical Center at the Bernards Towship Health Department, 262 South Finley Avenue, Basking Ridge.  For information or to register, call 908-204-2520 or

Pompton Plains

  • Wednesday, March 22, 10:00am to 11:00am, “Colon Health Update” with Joshua Nochumson, MD, Chilton Medical Center, 97 West Parkway, Collins Pavilion, Pompton Plains. For information or to register, call 973-831-5367 or email


  • Thursday, March 23, 6:00pm to 7:30pm, “Preventing Colorectal Cancer: What You Should Know About Diet, Environment and Personalized Screening” with Morristown Medical Center staff members Razvan Arsenescu, MD; Lawrence Harrison, MD; Jessica Heinzmann, certified genetic counselor; and Mary-Giselle Ulbrich, registered dietician at Morristown Medical Center Health Pavilion, 333 Mount Hope Avenue, Rockaway. For more information or to register, visit Classes and Events at

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Wed, March 21, 7:00 PM

Boccone South, South Orange

A Taste of Italy

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Wed, March 21, 7:00 PM

Bow Tie South Orange Cinemas, South Orange

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