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Meet the One Million Strong – Marcia M from West Virginia

Meet the One Million Strong – Marcia M from West Virginia

Be a part of One Million Strong and tell us how colorectal cancer has impacted your life! Share your story now!  MEET MARCIA Marcia Mullins, Survivor Huntington, WV MARCIA’S STORY Despite Katie Couric’s warning, when I turned 50 I declined to have a colonoscopy, I didn’t think I was at risk. When I had symptoms at 57, I used hemorrhoid cream and tried to ignore them. Right after my 58th birthday, I had a rectal hemorrhage and was admitted to the hospital for a colonoscopy the next morning. It was not hemorrhoids. It was stage IIIc rectal cancer. After lots of chemo, radiation and surgery, I am now in remission. I could have avoided it

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Meet the One Million Strong – Kelly Hebert from Louisiana

Be a part of One Million Strong and tell us how colorectal cancer has impacted your life! Share your story now!  MEET KELLY Kelly Hermbert, Survivor From Metairie, LA KELLY’S STORY I am sure everyone, like me, is always afraid of hearing the dreaded word from their doctor, “cancer”.  Well this dreaded word became a reality for me on October 3, 2011.  From the very beginning, I always had a sense that God was with me.  This faith has brought me where I am today, blessed! To make a long story short, after seeing several doctors for another benign problem, my doctor suggested a colonoscopy.  I am not 50 years of

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Meet the One Million Strong – Paula T. from Texas

Be a part of One Million Strong and tell us how colorectal cancer has impacted your life! Share your story now!  MEET PAULA Paula Thomas, Survivor From Fort Worth, TX PAULA’S STORY I was initially diagnosed in 2011 with stage II colon cancer through a routine age 60 colonoscopy. My age 50 colonoscopy was clean, and I have no history of colorectal cancer in my family that I know of. Upon my diagnosis, I had a colectomy of the cecum area, and continued my life as an active employed adult professional. No chemo was taken as odds of recurrence were only 15 percent, I was told. Guess what…the cancer did reoccur,

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HR 1070: Passing a bill is not for the faint of heart

The current political climate on the Hill requires persistence if we want to make change. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) seeks to improve access to colorectal cancer screening by waiving coinsurance*, copays, and deductibles for many colorectal cancer screening tests. Screening tests include colonoscopies, sigmoidoscopies and fecal occult blood tests (FOBT). This sounds simple in theory, but implementation is proving more challenging than expected. Take a few minutes today to read through why changing policy takes time, and the importance of your representatives’ support when it comes to laws that directly impact costs associated with colon and rectal cancer screening. Changing Policy Takes Persistence Fight Colorectal Cancer is actively working

Don’t confuse bargain shopping with saving lives!

FIGHT COLORECTAL CANCER RESPONSE TO NEW YORK TIMES ARTICLE (6/03/2013): Fight Colorectal Cancer applauds the New York Times for shedding light on how revenue is generated by medical practices. Importantly however, the crux of the issue is not the use or overuse of colonoscopies and the variance in pricing. Rather, the main problem to be fixed in the United States is a broken fee-reimbursement structure that puts pressure on local practices and hospitals to inflate the price of reliable and needed services, like colonoscopies, to compensate for under-reimbursement for other medical services. It is unfortunate that colorectal cancer screening is used in this article as a primary example of failure

Gooood Morning and Happy Call-In Day!

Goooooooood morning! Today is a big day. Our advocates at the 2013 Call-on Congress head to Capitol Hill. Meetings with senators, house representatives and subcommittee members abound! It’s going to be a great day! Not so fast… we need YOUR help. Yes – you… if you’re reading this post, we’re talking to YOU. Please help us boost the power of our advocates on the Hill today. We’ve got big priorities and big asks – and there’s a particular issue we need your help with. Most likely – colorectal cancer impacted your life, or the life of your loved one. So get involved in the fight with us today. Here’s the

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 percent of colonoscopies performed in Medicare beneficiaries in Texas who were aged 70 years and older who had a colonoscopy in 2008 or 2009. They also examined a nationwide sample of 5% of Medicare claims. Colonscopies were classified as “screening” if records (including claims from 2000 to 2009) did not indicate a diagnosis, or

Partial Fix for Unexpected Colonoscopy Charges

Some people who go in for a routine screening colonoscopy (fully covered by most insurance) can end up with a surprise bill of several hundred dollars, if the doctor detected and removed one or more polyps. Under current law, Medicare beneficiaries must pay a coinsurance when their screening colonoscopy also involves the removal of polyps or other tissue—because it is reclassified as a “treatment” procedure. Additionally, while current law also requires most private payers to cover colorectal cancer screenings without cost-sharing (copays/ coinsurance/ deductible), private payers have interpreted the rules differently. Some private payers waive cost- sharing when a screening involves the removal of polyps or other tissue; others do not.

Colorectal Cancer Is (or Could Be) the Poster Child for Cancer Prevention

February is Cancer Prevention Month, and colorectal cancer (CRC) is a poster child, as one of the few cancers that can be literally seen and removed before it becomes cancer, or can be caught early enough in regular screening to be literally cured. Ponder these facts, based on 20 years of experience and summarized by Linda Rabeneck, MD, MPH of Cancer Care Ontario at the recent “GI-ASCO” (Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium of the American Society of Clinica Oncology):   Annual stool tests (fecal occult blood test, or FOBT) reduce deaths from colorectal cancer by 15 to 33 percent. The newer FIT stool test (fecal immunochemical test) appears to be even better than the

Texas Native Wins A Free Screening and a Second Chance

“A cook-off saved my life.” That’s what Brett Gallaway wrote on his Facebook page on October 3, 2012, after reality sank in. He’d just heard from his doctor that a precancerous polyp had been found during his screening colonoscopy.  A polyp that, if left in place, could have developed into full-blown colorectal cancer. “I didn’t even know I had it,” Brett said.  “I didn’t have any symptoms.” Thanks to a raffle he won at a barbecue cook-off, he was able to receive a free colonoscopy and find the cancer early. Brett’s Facebook page filled with “Likes” and comments. A lot of them were testimonials from friends who had brushes with cancer or

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