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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health


If a routine procedure could save your life, wouldn’t you want it done?  Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths, yet it’s highly preventable and detectable.

That’s why Geisinger is joining more than 500 health organizations across the United States by signing the “80% by 2018” pledge. 

“80% by 2018,” is a National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable initiative in which hundreds of organizations have already committed to substantially reducing colorectal cancer as a major public health problem for those 50 and older.  All are working toward the shared goal of 80% of adults aged 50 and older being regularly screened for colorectal cancer by 2018. By reaching that goal, it is estimated that 277,000 cases and 203,000 colorectal cancer deaths could be prevented by 2030.

Through routine screenings, doctors can find and remove hidden growths, or polyps, in the colon before they become cancerous.

“Colon cancer is a major public health problem,” said Michael Komar, M.D., FACG, Director of Gastroenterology at Geisinger Health System.  “Many adults age 50 and older are not getting screened because they don’t believe they are at risk, they don’t understand the various testing options, or such as myself, too busy with work and family responsibilities” Dr. Komar added. “But I owed it to my family to get screened.”

“Colorectal cancer in its early stages usually has no symptoms, and since aging leads to a greater risk, most everyone 50 and older should get screened,” added Dr. Komar.

Despite being highly preventable, detectable and treatable, it is estimated that almost 135,000 cases of colorectal cancer will be diagnosed in 2016.

“We’re thrilled to join the 80% by 2018 initiative to improve colon cancer screening rates for our patients at Geisinger,” said Dr. Komar.  “Instead of a public health problem, we can help make colon cancer a public health success story.”

About Geisinger
Geisinger is among the nation’s leading providers of value-based care, serving 1.2 million people in urban and rural communities across Pennsylvania. Founded in 1915 by philanthropist Abigail Geisinger, the non-profit system generates $10 billion in annual revenues across 134 care sites - including 10 hospital campuses, and Geisinger Health Plan, with 600,000 members in commercial and government plans. The Geisinger College of Health Sciences educates more than 5,000 medical professionals annually and conducts more than 1,400 clinical research studies. With 26,000 employees, including 1,600 employed physicians, Geisinger is among Pennsylvania’s largest employers with an estimated economic impact of $14 billion to the state’s economy. On March 31, 2024, Geisinger became the first member of Risant Health, a new nonprofit charitable organization created to expand and accelerate value-based care across the country.  Learn more at or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and X.

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