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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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

September 18, 2017

Next week, Jennifer Coston, from Merrill, will join more than 700 cancer patients, survivors, volunteers and staff from all 50 states and nearly every congressional district in Washington, D.C., as part of the annual American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Leadership Summit and Lobby Day. Midland Daily News Published 2:00 am, Saturday, September 9, 2017

September 5, 2017
District Of Columbia

On Septmeber 12, 2017 ACS CAN Lead Ambassadors will be in Washington, DC to urge Congresswoman Holmes-Norton to assist us with three key issues: 1. Increase Cancer Research Funding for prevention, early detection and treatment. 2. Pass the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act 3. Remove the barriers

August 3, 2017

A majority of states are missing critical opportunities to pass and implement legislative solutions proven to prevent and fight cancer, according to the 15th annual How Do You Measure Up?: A Progress Report on State Legislative Activity to Reduce Cancer Incidence and Mortality.

July 17, 2017

Sacramento, CA – The voices of cancer patients, survivors and their loved ones are making a difference at the Capitol as evidenced by the critically-important cancer-fighting policies that passed the Legislature in 2016. The advocacy affiliate for the American Cancer Society, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN),

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.