In his speech before a joint session of Congress on September 9, 2009, President Obama called out colorectal cancer screening as saving both money and lives. To applause from listening members of Congress, he said:
And insurance companies will be required to cover, with no extra charge, routine checkups and preventive care, like mammograms and colonoscopies because there’s no reason we shouldn’t be catching diseases like breast cancer and colon cancer before they get worse. That makes sense, it saves money, and it saves lives.
We applaud the President’s public acknowledgment that colorectal cancer screening saves lives and money.
Screening saves lives by finding cancers early when they are most treatable. Screening also prevents colorectal cancer by finding and removing precancerous polyps, which keeps them from ever growing into cancer.