In honor of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, the Nurse Oncology Education Program (NOEP) has launched a free course entitled Every Nurse Makes a Difference: Preventing Colorectal Cancer at Nurses, no matter the field of practice, can impact colorectal cancer through education, support, and advocacy.

Austin, TX (PRWEB) March 05, 2012

Colorectal cancer is the third most prevalent cancer, and an estimated 143,460 cases are expected to occur this year in the U.S. (American Cancer Society, 2012). Despite these numbers, colorectal cancer is one of the most detectable, and if found early, most treatable forms of cancer.

Many people delay colorectal cancer screening because of the potential for embarrassment and/or fear of discomfort associated with examinations. Other barriers to timely screening are lack of knowledge about screening tests among patients and lack of healthcare professional recommendation.

Nurses can affect the public’s awareness and willingness to use screening measures that can detect colorectal cancers early, increasing the opportunity for cure and survival. “Every Nurse Makes a Difference: Preventing Colorectal Cancer” is a new online course providing nurses with 1.0 contact hours of accredited CE at The project is made possible by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT).

ABOUT NOEP – NOEP is a nonprofit project of the Texas Nurses Association/Foundation providing continuing education to nurses on cancer prevention, detection, treatment and survivorship.