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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U.S. House: Remove Barriers To Colorectal Cancer Screenings For Seniors

Ask your Representative to ensure that seniors on Medicare have access to colorectal cancer screening without any surprise out-of-pocket costs by cosponsoring and supporting the passage of the Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act, H.R. 1570. 

Latest Updates

May 9, 2019
Maine

AUGUSTA - Gov. Janet Mills today signed into law LD 555, “An Act To Reduce Colorectal Cancer Incidence and Mortality by Updating Screening Coverage.” LD 555 is a simple and straightforward update to the existing law requiring insurance coverage for colorectal cancer screening in accordance with recent changes to clinical

April 16, 2019
Nebraska

The following letter was published in North Platte Telegraph, Grand Island Independent, Kearney Hub, and Scottsbluff Star Herald on April 2, April 5, April 6, and April 7.

April 5, 2019
Nebraska

The following letter was published on April 2, 2019.

April 5, 2019
Alabama

The Tobacco Advocacy Panel: A Call for Action was held at the RSA Plaza Terrance in Montgomery to discuss the recent spike in tobacco use driven largely by the increased use of e-cigarettes among Alabama’s youth and the evidenced-based policies needed to reverse this trend.

Colorectal Cancer Resources

An estimated 145,000 men and women will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2019 and 51,000 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 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.

 

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.