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From the Director's Desk

Return to Screening: Now Is the Time

Heidi Nelson, MD, FACS

Heidi Nelson, MD, FACS
Medical Director, ACS Cancer Programs

Last year cancer screening plummeted to nearly zero as the COVID-19 pandemic took over our world in the winter and spring months of 2020. A recent JAMA Oncology (doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2021.0884) report estimates that we incurred a national screening deficit of 9.3 million people for breast, colorectal, and prostate cancer screening.

The American Cancer Society wisely launched a return to screening campaign this year and created a toolkit with guidelines, messaging, and interventions to help restore screening rates and close the deficit left from 2020. The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Cancer Programs joined the American Cancer Society campaign effort by incorporating the toolkit into a Return to Screening PDSA Quality Improvement and Clinical Study Protocol: Project and Clinical Study Details. This protocol is collaboratively sponsored by the American Cancer Society, Commission on Cancer (CoC), and National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). The CoC and NAPBC have demonstrated our commitment to this effort by granting multiple simultaneous standards credits for participation.

It is not too late to get involved. All project details are available online, including:

We hope you will consider joining this important effort.

ACS Clinical Congress 2021 to Be Virtual

Save the Date for ACS Clinical Congress, October 24-28While encouraged by recent measures to reduce the incidence of COVID-19, we also recognize that this positive trajectory may not yet be a predictable one. Therefore, this year's American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress will be a VIRTUAL event, taking place October 24–28, 2021.

Building on the success of last year's first virtual Congress, we are confident we can again offer a best-in-class educational event for all attendees, presenters, and exhibitors. The program will focus on the latest advances in surgical science, practice, and education, all celebrated under this year's theme, "Resilience in the Pursuit of Excellence."

More information on programs, event registration, and fees will be available on the Clinical Congress web page as details become finalized in the weeks and months ahead.