ACS And CDC Honor Colorectal Cancer Awareness Efforts

Drawing on three decades of experience in the field of pharmacy, Ellen Scharaga is an operational consultant for Alegria Specialty Pharmacy, a role she has held since 2014. Alongside this, Ellen Scharaga supports several nonprofits such as the American Cancer Society (ACS), which recently held its National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT).

Created in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), NCCRT has honored community leaders and organizations across the country for their efforts in increasing awareness about colorectal cancer. The disease, according to the CDC and ACS, is the third most common cancer in men and women, as well as the second-leading cause of cancer deaths.

As such, the NCCRT has given the 80% In Every Community National Achievement Award to select community leaders each year, including the University of Alabama at Birmingham, which received a $3,000 prize in 2020. In addition, five others each received $1,000 for their efforts.

The awards come as a part of the 80% In Every Community initiative, which the NCCRT started with the goal of increasing screening rates to 80 percent of all Americans.