Congress Can Help Prevent Colon Cancer Deaths

The science is clear. If Americans received regular screenings for colon cancer, thousands of colon cancer deaths could be prevented each year. But, for too many Americans, the screenings either aren't covered by their health insurance or they can't afford the out-of-pocket costs.

Congress can change that. New legislation championed by ACS CAN will have a direct impact on reducing colon cancer deaths. It will lead to better prevention and early detection of colon cancer and improved access to treatment.

Benefits of the Legislation
Benefits of the Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act of 2013 include:
  • Lifting a financial burden for people living on a fixed income, allowing men and women on Medicare to receive these important screenings without risking coinsurance
  • Increasing screening rates and reducing the incidence of colorectal cancer
Fact Sheets
Fact Sheets
Medicare Beneficiary Cost Sharing for Screening Colonoscopy
Colorectal cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in the United States and screening and early detection saves lives. But Medicare recipients may not get screened because of rules that make them pay if a polyp is found. Read the fact sheet for more Read the fact sheet.

Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening: Saving Lives and Saving Dollars
By increasing colorectal cancer screening rates among 50 to 64 year-olds, we will reduce suffering, save lives, and reduce cancer costs to Medicare. Read the analysis by the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable.

About the Legislation

The Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act of 2013 was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in March 2013 (H.R. 1070) and in the U.S. Senate in May 2014 (S. 2348).

The Act is being championed by Representative Charlie Dent (R-PA) and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH). You can find and read the bills at

You can also read the press release that ACS CAN promoted after the introduction of the bill.

Even if you have only a few minutes a day or an hour a week, ACS CAN will empower you to become an effective advocate for cancer issues. We provide the training, tools, and opportunities you need to ensure your voice is heard by your lawmakers.