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Colorectal Cancer Screening Coverage Tops American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network’s List of 2020 Legislative Priorities
ACS CAN Eager to Work with the Legislature to Reduce Indiana’s Cancer Burden
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – As lawmakers dive into the new year, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is pursuing legislation that will ease the burden of cancer in Indiana. The latest edition of the ACS CAN’s How Do You Measure Up? report shows that Indiana can do better when it comes to implementing legislation to prevent and reduce suffering and death from cancer, especially when it comes to colorectal cancer screening and tobacco control.
ACS CAN is advocating for:
- Colorectal Cancer Screening Coverage: In the last decade, new data has emerged regarding the increasing risk of colorectal cancer in younger adults. This includes recent analyses published by ACS showing a 51% increase in colorectal cancer among those under age 55 since 1994. Adults born around 1990 have twice the risk of colon cancer and four times the risk of rectal cancer compared with adults born around 1950. In response to updated screening guidelines from the American Cancer Society, ACS CAN will support legislation to ensure that colorectal cancer screenings are covered for insured Hoosiers starting at age 45, instead of 50.
- Tobacco 21 and Strengthened Tobacco Retail Enforcement: ACS CAN supports raising the minimum age of sale for all tobacco products to age 21 with strong retailer compliance and active enforcement as part of a comprehensive strategy to reduce youth initiation. ACS CAN will also advocate that any Tobacco 21 policy repeal existing penalties for youth who use or possess tobacco products. Nearly 95% of adults who smoke started smoking before the age of 21.
ACS CAN volunteers look forward to meeting with lawmakers during ACS CAN’s annual Cancer Action Day on Wednesday, January 29. ACS CAN encourages individuals, businesses and organizations that are interested in these issues to reach out to ACS CAN to get involved in the fight against cancer at: fightcancer.org/IN.
About ACS CAN
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is making cancer a top priority for public officials and candidates at the federal, state and local levels. ACS CAN empowers advocates across the country to make their voices heard and influence evidence-based public policy change as well as legislative and regulatory solutions that will reduce the cancer burden. As the American Cancer Society’s nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, ACS CAN is critical to the fight for a world without cancer. For more information, visit www.fightcancer.org.