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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 into the body), stool-based (you test your poo) DNA test designed to analyze the presence of blood and certain DNA mutations in a patient’s stool sample that can indicate cancer and/or precancerous polyps. Cells of DNA are released into the stool continuously as part of the digestive process. There are already at-home screening options

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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 prevention, for not just us, but others as well.  My contribution – I need to lose some weight! Skinnier & Wealthier Speakers and presenters at the ASCO meeting noted that the impact of obesity on cancer is an initiative and priority. It is estimated that one-third of all adults and 17 percent of children are

Meet the One Million Strong – Stephanie B. from Tennessee

Be a part of One Million Strong and tell us how colorectal cancer has impacted your life! Share your story now!  MEET STEPHANIE Stephanie Bertels, Advocate/Family Johnson City, Tennessee STEPHANIE’S STORY On November 7, 2006, my mom was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer.  On June 19, 2010, my daughter’s second birthday, we were told that there was nothing more that could be done to save my mom.  After she began experiencing serious delusions and hallucinations, my dad, my older sister, and I were forced to place my then-48-year-old mother in a nursing home, where she died three weeks later on September 15, 2010. This was a time in our lives

Comments on New DNA & Stool-Based Screening Tests to FDA

This week Fight Colorectal Cancer is providing comments to the FDA as they consider two new screening technologies for colorectal cancer. Below are our opinions and recommendations presented to the Molecular and Clinical Genetics Panel as part of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee. Background: This week, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is hosting an advisory committee meeting with many stakeholders that have an interest in two new potential screening technologies, Epi proColon (by Epigenomics) and Cologuard (by Exact Sciences). Kim Ryan, our Director of Patient Information Services and advocate Marcia Mullins are attending to provide comments as the FDA considers these two new screening technologies.   About Epi proColon & Cologuard

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Seniors and the Screening Loophole

“But doctor, I thought screening for colorectal cancer was covered by Medicare!?” Our seniors are facing policy loophole that lands them with an unexpected bill. In a recent report, Colonoscopy Screening After the Affordable Care Act: Cost Barriers Persist for Medicare Beneficiaries on the colonoscopy copay issue by AARP, there continues to be a debate about what portion of a preventative service a patient should be responsible for. For our seniors, prior to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medicare beneficiaries typically incurred some level of cost sharing for health care services they received. For example, they were responsible for Part B premiums, Part B Deductibles, and a 20 percent coinsurance

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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

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No News Is Not Necessarily Good News – Get Your Stool-Based Screening Results

I’ll admit it. I sometimes don’t follow-up with my doctor’s office if they neglect to call me after a scan or lab work. Against everything inside of me that knows how to be a “good patient” and advocate for myself, I still don’t always call to follow-up. Sometimes I am busy. Sometimes I assume no news is good news. And sometimes, I still operate under a “what I don’t know won’t hurt me” mindset. However, I know this isn’t right. I need to be proactive when it comes to getting results. And a fellow survivor’s story hitting the news is a prime example. Not only because he exemplifies why patients

Cancer Survivors: Population Explosion Coming

  You think we’ve made a lot of noise during this Colorectal Cancer Awareness month? We’re only going to get louder. On Monday morning, Fight Colorectal Cancer survivors and advocates will ring the opening bell on NASDAQ—representing 1.2 million colorectal cancer survivors in the U.S. who are only going to get louder as our numbers grow. Good news or bad news? Both, really. As Boomers age, more Americans will get cancer—and with better treatment and earlier diagnosis, there will be more cancer survivors. In just 10 years, the number of cancer survivors in the U.S. will increase by nearly a third—to almost 18 million survivors of all types of cancer

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

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