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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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 - which is the point of the colonoscopy - you can wake up to a $300 bill. Tell Congress to end the loophole that allows this surprise charge.

Latest Updates

February 16, 2017
Hawaii

Since the fall of 2016, ACS CAN Hawaii-Pacific has been collecting petitions and stories in support of a state colorectal cancer screening and awareness program. We are pleased to announce that on January 20, 2017, the opening day of the Hawaii State Legislature, Sen. Rosalyn Baker introduced SB 398, which

September 19, 2016
Illinois

This September, Illinois ACS CAN advocates took on Capitol Hill where they met with every IL Senate and House office – many of which were conducted face-to-face with members of Congress themselves. Advocates urged lawmakers to increase federal research funding at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) through the appropriations process

September 14, 2016
District Of Columbia

A huge thank you to DC ACS CAN legislative ambassador, Thelma D. Jones who attended the annual ACS CAN Leadership Summit and Lobby Day on September 13, 2016. While on the Hill, Ms. Jones asked Congresswoman Holmes Norton to continue making cancer a national priority by increasing funding on cancer

September 6, 2016
Michigan

Next week, hundreds of ACS CAN volunteers from every state will be in Washington, D.C., meeting with lawmakers and calling on Congress to take action on critical legislation to help bring an end to cancer.

Colorectal Cancer Resources

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.

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. ACS CAN is working to increase both federal and state funding for CRC screening and control programs, so that these programs can reach more people, and may expand into more states and underserved territories.

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.