Preventing Colorectal Cancer Shouldn't Come with a Price Tag
In Rhode Island, a colonoscopy as a secondary screening may be subject to cost-sharing.
- In 2020, colorectal cancer screening rates were down nearly 90% compared to 2019, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Research shows that out-of-pocket costs to patients creates financial barriers that discourage the use of recommended preventive services.
- Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death when men and women are combined.
- Nearly all colorectal cancers are preventable and regular screening is the most effective way of detecting early colorectal cancer.
To save lives and health care dollars, I urge Rhode Island lawmakers to require all preventative colorectal cancer screenings for those 45 and over, including follow-up colonoscopies, to be covered by insurance without cost-sharing.
Thank you for asking your lawmaker to make cancer prevention a priority!