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

January 10, 2021
Rhode Island

The American Cancer Society's Cancer Action Network in Rhode Island hopes to persuade state lawmakers to revisit tabled legislation on colorectal cancer screenings.

January 5, 2021
Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, RI – As today marks the start of the legislative session in Rhode Island, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) looks ahead to what public health initiatives lawmakers can accomplish in the 2021 legislative session, pushing for overall better health outcomes in light of the COVID-19

December 21, 2020

Congress approved an FY 2021 funding deal that includes an increase for biomedical research funding at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and cancer research at the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

December 9, 2020

he U.S. House of Representatives passed the Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act unanimously today.

Colorectal Cancer Resources

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 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.

 

An estimated 147,950 men and women will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2020 and 53,200 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).