Colorectal Cancer

Share

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.

Take Action

Photo of married couple reading information on a computer

Close the loophole resulting in big colonoscopy bills for Medicare patients

Under Medicare, there should be no co-pay for a colonoscopy. But, if the doctor removes a polyp, you can wake up to a big bill. Ask Congress to end the loophole that allows this surprise charge.

Latest Updates

November 15, 2017
Maryland

Easton Doctor of Nursing and American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Ambassador Receives Abeloff Award for Excellence in Public Health and Cancer Control from Maryland Department of Health Dr. Michele Williams has received the 2017 Martin D. Abeloff Award for Excellence in Public Health and Cancer Control from the

November 10, 2017
Nebraska

ACS CAN advocate's letter featured in Grand Island Independent.

November 10, 2017
Nebraska

ACS CAN advocate's letter featured in the North Platte Telegram.

Cancer Candor Blog
October 17, 2017

I'm delighted that NASCAR driver Scott Lagasse Jr has agreed to share his personal cancer story on my blog. He is a very talented and inspirational individual, who can help make a difference in our battle against a lethal disease. In so doing, he can highlight the importance of cancer awareness.

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.

If the majority of men and women aged 50 or older participated in routine screening for colorectal cancer, we could cut the risk of death by 50 percent. But too few Americans have access to colorectal cancer screening tests.