Colorectal Cancer

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The science is clear. If Americans received regular screenings for colorectal cancer, thousands of deaths could be prevented each year. But, for too many Americans, the screenings either aren't fully covered by their health insurance or aren’t affordable due to high out-of-pocket costs. 

The 80% by 2018 campaign strives to pass state and federal laws that remove the barriers preventing people from getting colonoscopies and other lifesaving colorectal cancer screenings. 

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. for men and women combined.

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Close the loophole resulting in big colonoscopy bills for Medicare patients

Under Medicare, there should be no co-pay for a colonoscopy. But, if the doctor removes a polyp, you can wake up to a big bill. Ask Congress to end the loophole that allows this surprise charge.

Latest Updates

December 3, 2018
Hawaii

Governor David Ige has issued a proclamation declaring December 3-7 as Cancer Screen Week in Hawaii. The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) worked with lawmakers to pass a resolution during the 2018 legislative session declaring the first week in December as Cancer Screen Week in partnership with Genentech, the American Cancer Society (ACS), Stand Up to Cancer and Rally Health. T

October 25, 2018
Illinois

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network recently honored Woodridge resident Judy Rospenda with its Capitol Dome Volunteer of the Year award at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

October 18, 2018
Illinois

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network recently honored Olney resident Polly Sulcer with its Capitol Dome Volunteer of the Year award at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

October 17, 2018
National

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) released a publication today to illustrate health disparities across the cancer continuum and discuss public policy strategies to address those disparities. Cancer Disparities: A Chartbook illustrates the scope of cancer disparities that exist in the United States.

Colorectal Cancer Resources

 An estimated 140,250 men and women will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2018 and 50,630 individuals are estimated to die from the disease. Without a continued, dedicated federal investment in colorectal cancer prevention and early detection, the U.S. could experience a reduction in screening leading to increases in completely preventable colorectal cancer cases and deaths. This factsheet discusses the importance of continued funding for the Colorectal Cancer Control Program (CRCCP).

Colorectal cancer is unique in that a person can be spared a cancer diagnosis if a polyp is found early and removed during the screening process. Right now, Medicare beneficiaries face a surprise bill when they wake up from a cancer screening that could save their life, thinking it was free. That's why it's so important to remove barriers to screening to ensure that all Americans have access.

 

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in men and women and the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined in the United States. Yet, more than 1 in 3 adults age 50 and older are not getting tested as recommended. This factsheet discusses the importance of screening for colorectal cancer and what can be done to improve screening in the U.S.