Oregon Advocates Meet at White House

Yesterday two of our long-time colorectal cancer advocates, LaRisha and Michell Baker, along with president Carlea Bauman and policy expert Camille Bonta, met with Tricia Schmitt at the White House. Ms. Schmitt met with our advocates to discuss funding for colorectal cancer programs at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC.)   Our team, joined by two gastroenterologists, met at…  Read More

What's Happening on Capitol Hill? May 2013 Update

Dear Advocates, Your efforts are making an impact. Every time you exercise your right as a US citizen to communicate with Congress, you are changing the landscape for colorectal cancer patients. We applaud you for your passion and advocacy. Has Your Representative Cosponsored H.R. 1070? ACTION REQUESTED Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) introduced on March 15 the…  Read More

Too Many Colonoscopies in Over-75s?

A study published in the March 11 JAMA-Internal Medicine suggests that 23 percent of over-75-year-olds have colonoscopies that may be “potentially inappropriate” according to national guidelines which include an upper age limit, as well as how often negative colonoscopies should be repeated. In a retrospective population study, University of Texas researchers looked at billings for 100…  Read More

New Strain of Stomach Bug Spreads in U.S.

A new virus causing diarrhea and vomiting has spread rapidly nationwide, causing an increasing number of outbreaks of what many call the “stomach flu,” according to a Jan. 24 2013 report issued by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control). The new norovirus strain (named GII.4 Sydney) is highly contagious, and seems to cause more hospitalizations than…  Read More

CDC Urges MDs to Give More Antiviral Treatment for Flu Cases

The Centers for Disease Control is urging doctors to prescribe antiviral medications to high-risk patients suspected of having the flu, even without a positive test. When given within 48 hours of symptoms appearing, antivirals like Tamiflu or Relenza can ease symptoms, shorten illness, and prevent serious complications. Clinicians are not prescribing antiviral medications as often as in…  Read More

You Did It! Colorectal Cancer Funding Spared the Budget Ax

This weekend, Congress completed work on a large spending bill that maintains funding for colorectal cancer research and prevention. In the current budget-cutting environment, holding the line on research and prevention programs is a remarkable accomplishment and reflects the power of grassroots advocacy. I congratulate the Fight Colorectal Cancer volunteers who took action this year to…  Read More