UBMD Cancer Society Initiative

UBMD Participates in American Cancer Society Initiative

Buffalo, N.Y. – UBMD Physicians’ Group is partnering with the American Cancer Society on its 80% by 2018 national initiative. The goal is to increase the nation’s colon cancer screening rate to 80 percent by 2018. UBMD representatives will pledge the organization’s commitment on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at Buffalo City Hall.

Anne B. Curtis, MD
Charles and Mary Bauer Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine and UB Distinguished Professor, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo
President and CEO, UBMD Internal Medicine

“This effort is doable because of the strong commitment by the primary care providers in Buffalo to make it happen,” said Anne B. Curtis, Chair of the Department of Medicine and president and CEO of UBMD Internal Medicine. “We can use the electronic health record to determine the population needing screening and also can put in reminders during previsit planning and during patient visits to make sure we get as many patients as possible screened for colon cancer.

“By working with local partners, we have multiple ways to identify the patient population at risk and to make sure they get screened,” Curtis continued. “Whether a patient is identified in the hospital, or through their outpatient physician, or even through their insurance companies, one way or another, we should be able to encourage them to get screening colonoscopies to reach the 80 by 18 goal. UBMD is proud to be part of this effort to improve the health of the people of Buffalo and Western New York.”

John R. Fudyma, MD
Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Associate Professor
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo
Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine, UBMD Internal Medicine

“Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States,” said Fudyma, chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine at UBMD Internal Medicine and, associate professor in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

“The good news, however, is that the death rates from colon cancer have been decreasing over several decades in large part to effective screening methods for this cancer. Screening allows us to detect and remove precancerous polyps thus preventing the development of colon cancer.

“There are several barriers to colorectal cancer screening including lack of understanding, patient fear and anxiety about colonoscopy, and other competing health care and prevention priorities,” he continued. “This initiative allows us to raise the community awareness of the benefits of screening while we simultaneously challenge primary care provider teams to develop new and innovative models that will reduce the barriers to screening.”

UBMD Physicians’ Group is the single largest physicians’ group in Western New York with more than 500 respected doctors in 18 medical practices. UBMD physicians are treating patients, conducting research on top medical needs, providing research-guided care and teaching the next generation of doctors. UBMD Physicians’ Group is the clinical practice plan of the University at Buffalo’s Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.