Colorectal Cancer


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.

Latest Updates

April 13, 2021

AUSTIN, TX – April 13, 2021 – Sponsored by Sen. Huffman and Sen. Zaffirini, SB 1028 will be heard by the Senate Business and Commerce Committee today at 8 a.m. The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is in support of the bipartisan legislation that would save

April 6, 2021

AUSTIN, TX — April 5, 2021 — The unpredictable and dynamic nature of COVID-19 is no match for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network's (ACS CAN) volunteers' steadfast commitment. Cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers from across Texas traveled virtually to the state capitol last week to meet with over

March 9, 2021

AUSTIN, TX – March 9, 2021 – Late last week, Sen. Joan Huffman and Sen. Judith Zaffirini filed bill SB 1028 that would ensure insurance coverage of colorectal screenings for men and women across Texas starting at the age of 45 and would remove cost-sharing for a follow-up colonoscopy

March 3, 2021
South Carolina

COLUMBIA, SC – March 3, 2021 – Beginning today through March 12, the South Carolina Governor’s Mansion will be lit blue for the first time in honor of colorectal cancer awareness month. In partnership with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) and Colorectal Cancer Prevention Network

Colorectal Cancer Resources

An estimated 149,500 men and women will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2021 and 52,980 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, about 1 in 3 adults aged 50 to 75 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.