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.

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Photo of American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Volunteer attending the annual State Lead Ambassador Summit

New budget calls for elimination of lifesaving colorectal cancer program

A new budget proposal would stifle the incredible progress we're making in defeating colon and rectal cancer by eliminating a vital program that provides lifesaving colonoscopies and other cancer screenings to people who can’t afford them.

The facts are clear:

Latest Updates

June 14, 2017
South Carolina

COLUMBIA, SC – June 14, 2017 – Funding for two programs critical to addressing South Carolina’s cancer burden has been included in the state budget signed by Gov. Henry McMaster earlier this week. The Best Chance Network (BCN), which provides free screenings to eligible women aged 30 to 64

May 15, 2017

Throughout the 2017 state legislative session, ACS CAN Hawaii-Pacific has been monitoring, gathering support, and testifying on legislation that would aid cancer patients. Our legislative recap of this session is below: HPV Legislation SB 514 has been transmitted to the Governor’s office. As you are aware, this legislation allows

April 3, 2017

Throughout the past month, ACS CAN Hawaii-Pacific has been tracking and advocating on behalf of bills that will affect cancer policies in our state. Here is an overview of the legislation that we are continuing to monitor and take action on: Establish a Colorectal Cancer Working Group to address screening

March 16, 2017

Cancer survivors, caregivers and health professionals will ask their legislators to put patients and prevention first as the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Hawaii-Pacific holds its annual Day at the Capitol.

Colorectal Cancer Resources

This factsheet discusses the value of screening and how it saves lives. Unfortunately, seniors on Medicare currently are responsible for a 20% coinsurance if a polyp is detected and removed during a screening colonoscopy.

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in men and women, the second leading cause of death in men, and the third leading cause of death in women in the United States.

This factsheet summarizes results from an ACS CAN and NCCRT study estimating the number of men and women who could remain uninsured and in need of colorectal cancer screening (CRC) services.