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Happy 10th Birthday, Blue Star!

Posted on April 1, 2014

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Yep, that’s right! Colon cancer’s Blue Star is celebrating its 10th birthday today. Introduced on April 1, 2004 by the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT), the Blue Star represents  the eternal memory of the people whose lives have been lost to the disease and the shining hope for a future free of colon cancer. Read more

A Tribute to Jake Lyons

Posted on March 31, 2014

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With deep sadness, we remember Jake Lyons, who passed away last month at age 31. A true joy and pleasure to know, Jake touched so many with his spirit and passion for helping others.

I first met Jake as I worked with him during the Colon Cancer Alliance’s 2013 holiday fundraising campaign. Jake was so excited to give back and through his battle with stage IV colon cancer, he never lost enthusiasm for life. Read more

In the News: FDA Committee Recommends Approval of New Screening Test

Posted on March 28, 2014

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We support the latest advancements in screening for colon cancer and are at the pulse of the FDA approval process for products that will help save lives and prevent colon cancer. On Thursday, our CEO, Eric Hargis, attended the FDA hearing to make a statement in support of Cologuard, a new, cutting-edge stool DNA test. This non-invasive colon cancer screening test created by Exact Sciences went in front of the FDA’s Molecular and Clinical Genetics Panel of Medical Devices Advisory Committee. Read more

#80by2018: Commitment to Saving Lives

Posted on March 28, 2014

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We’ve lost too many lives to this largely preventable disease. That’s why we’re continuing our unyielding dedication to increasing screening rates by joining the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, an organization co-founded by the American Cancer Society and the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and many other partner organizations in committing to an 80% colon cancer screening rate by 2018. Read more

Why Does Patrick Shipley Run in His Undies?

Posted on March 27, 2014

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My partner, best friend and soul mate of 19 years, Richard Bessette, was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer on January 11, 2013. We decided to treat this aggressively and scheduled the surgery to remove the 7 cm tumor on January 21. On March 4th, 2013, Rich began his first of eight chemotherapy treatments (Xeloda and Oxaliplatin).  Read more