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BREAKING NEWS: President Issues Proclamation Recognizing March 2014 as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

BREAKING NEWS: President Issues Proclamation Recognizing March 2014 as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

  Today, the White House issued a signed proclamation by President Barack Obama recognizing March 2014 as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Read the Official Press Release from the White House In December 2013, Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) authored and sent a letter to President Barack Obama requesting he issue a presidential proclamation designating March 2014 as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. One-hundred and forty-six members of Congress signed onto the letter in support of Rep. Payne, Jr.’s efforts to raise awareness about colorectal cancer. It has been over a decade since colorectal cancer has had a presidential proclamation. We thank Congressman Payne for his unwavering leadership and support

Statement from Carlea Bauman, President of Fight Colorectal Cancer, Regarding the President’s 2014 Budget

I am deeply disappointed that President Obama’s fiscal year (FY) 2014 budget would strip nearly $4 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Colorectal Cancer Control Program. The CDC estimates that the loss of funding will mean at least five fewer programs (out of the current 29) working to prevent colorectal cancer. The president’s budget assumes that less federal funding is needed for direct screenings, such as colorectal, breast, and cervical screenings, because most health plans are required to cover these screenings without co-pays or deductibles, and because, starting in 2014, the Affordable Care Act ensures that no one can be denied health insurance because of a

The White House Addresses the Drug Shortage Issue

President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order yesterday addressing the drug shortage issue. As we have reported extensively on www.FightColorectalCancer.org, the current drug shortages have impacted colorectal cancer patients who have been unable to get 5-FU, leucovorin or on occasion, irinotecan. The Executive Order does not change the law, and it will not help patients who cannot get their drugs today, but it does reinforce the powers of the Food and Drug Administration to take steps that would ease the burden by: Broader reporting of when a manufacturer has stopped producing a drug that could lead to a shortage. Increased effort to review drug suppliers and manufacturing sites and changes.

President Obama: Colonoscopies Save Money and Lives

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. 

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