Today, C3 hosted a forum with Olympus in Washington DC to discuss current trends in colorectal cancer screening and prevention.
C3 President, Carlea Bauman, gave keynote remarks at the forum. Carlea spoke about the frustration that we face at C3 when we receive calls to our Answer Line from individuals looking for assistance finding affordable screening services and we only have a patch-work network of assistance available to them. Carlea explained that the way to change this is with enactment of a national screening and treatment program, “I look forward to the day where a national program exists so that when these calls come in, we can say, ‘Yes, you can get screened and yes, you can afford it.’”
I spoke on one of the panels about the impact the pending health care reform legislation will have on colorectal screening and why even if health care reform passes we will still need to enact legislation creating a national screening and treatment program for colorectal cancer. To read the text of my remarks, click here.