Petition: I support state funding for colorectal cancer screenings
We can prevent colon cancer for thousands of Hoosiers. But the Indiana General Assembly has to take action.
- In 2018, an estimated 3,190 Hoosiers will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and 1,110 will die from the disease.
- Cancers that are found at an early stage are easier to treat and lead to greater survival.
- Indiana's screening rate is only 65% - below the national average
- Uninsured and underinsured people have lower screening rates, resulting in a greater risk of being diagnosed at a later, more advanced and more costly stage of disease.
- Estimated one-year treatment costs for Stage IV colorectal cancer diagnosis is 150% higher than for an early, Stage I diagnosis.2
More Hoosiers need access to colon cancer screenings and diagnostic services.
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is committed to ensuring that more Hoosiers can access life-saving colorectal cancer screenings. We urge lawmakers to dedicate new state funding this biennium to the Indiana State Department of Health for the implementation of colorectal screening programs in underserved communities.
Please support dedicating state funding to live saving colon cancer screenings.