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Updates on Return to Cancer Screening PDSA Quality Improvement Project and Clinical Study

It is not too late to get involved in the voluntary Return to Screening PDSA Quality Improvement Project and Clinical Study that is sponsored as a collaborative of the American Cancer Society, the Commission on Cancer (CoC), and the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). More information about the project can be found on the Project and Clinical Study Details web page.

This Return to Screening PDSA and Clinical Study are elective and open to all CoC and NAPBC sites. Programs that implement the return to screening interventions, complete the PDSA forms for future submission to the Pre-Review Questionnaire (PRQ) for future accreditation site visits, and/or submit the REDCap forms for the clinical study can get up to three standards credits for either CoC or NAPBC. To receive six credits (i.e., three for CoC and three for NAPBC), a program is required to complete two projects.

All project details are available online, including:

REDCap FORM A "Enrollment and Baseline Data" is due by May 31, 2021, and you may update information on the form until that time. Please fill out all required sections; incomplete REDCap forms will not satisfy enrollment.

Once you complete REDCap FORM A, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with a PDF of the completed REDCap FORM, which will ensure that your program is successfully enrolled.

REDCap FORMs B and C are not being distributed at this time, but they will be sent by e-mail in early June to programs that have enrolled in the study by completing REDCap FORM A.

Questions not addressed in the online FAQ can be submitted to the CAnswer Forum or e-mailed to

Celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day

National Cancer Survivors Day

June 6, 2021, marks the 34th Annual National Cancer Survivors Day® observance, which brings cancer survivors together to show that there is life after receiving a diagnosis of cancer.

American College of Surgeons (ACS) Cancer Programs encourages you to observe this day. To help you promote this event, we have created a poster that you can download and print for display in patient areas. We also encourage you to reach out to your community and sponsor activities that:

  • Recognize cancer survivors
  • Support patients with cancer
  • Screen and educate community members on cancer prevention and early detection

To access these resources:

  • CoC-Accredited Programs: Approved users can log into CoC Datalinks with their username and password. Under Resources, please click on "Resources to Market CoC Accreditation."
  • National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC)- and NAPBC-Accredited Programs: Approved users can log into the Quality Portal with their username and password. In the left navigation, click on "Marketing Resources" within the Resources section.

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