Rise of CRC in Young Adults in 2020 and 2030 Predicted

by Andi Dwyer, director of health promotion  This week the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Surgery released results of a study: Increasing Disparities in the Age-Related Incidences of Colon and Rectal Cancers in the United States, 1975-2010. According to JAMA Surgery, the study indicates there may be an increase in colorectal cancer diagnosis among people younger than…  Read More

Meet the One Million Strong – Amy B. from California

Meet Amy Amy Jo Barnes, Survivor San Jose, California Amy’s Story I was diagnosed with colon cancer on September 30, 2011 at 57 years old during a routine wellness check.  I was blessed to have wonderful doctors, caring nurses, loving friends and wild co-workers who have all worked overtime to get me through this battle.  Having…  Read More

Medicare Now Covers Stool DNA Screening Test Cologuard

Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that Cologuard is now covered for Medicare patients based on a CMS National Coverage Decision. This is exciting news as most people who are already enrolled in Medicare will not face co-pays or co-insurance if they obtain a Cologuard kit. It is important to note…  Read More

Meet the One Million Strong – Joy Henderson

How do YOU define One Million Strong? Each of the one million colorectal cancer survivors is strong and can make a difference, but together we are one million strong and can multiply the difference we can make individually by more than a million. Where have you drawn strength? I have drawn strength from several different sources.  First and…  Read More

FDA approves first non-invasive DNA test for colorectal cancer

Big news in the colorectal cancer prevention and screening community yesterday! In a never-before-seen move, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) jointly proposed Cologuard as a new option for colorectal cancer screening. What is Cologuard? Cologuard, produced by Exact Sciences, is a non-invasive (not requiring insertion of instruments…  Read More

Cancer Prevention: Skinnier, Wealthier & Healthier

by Andi Dwyer, Director of Health Promotion  A few weeks ago at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting, prevention was a hot topic! The news of prevention and exploring opportunities for early detection was extremely interesting. Before the next ASCO meeting, I have high hopes that we all can identify ways to bring early detection and…  Read More