Posted on August 15, 2014
This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Cologuard, the first stool-based colon screening test that detects the presence of blood and altered DNA that may indicate certain kinds of abnormal growths related to colon cancer or precursors to cancer. In a study of 10,000 people of average risk for colon cancer, Cologuard reportedly was able to accurately detect cancer 92% of the time when it was present in an individual’s body. Read more
Posted on August 4, 2014
“It isn’t cancer, is it?” asked David Prochnow to his doctor, half-jokingly. He was 35 at the time – healthy, active and happily married with two young children.
Before his doctor could respond, David knew. His worst fears were confirmed a few days later – stage III colorectal cancer. But David’s not alone -– nearly 15,000 people under age 50 are diagnosed every year. Read more
Posted on July 18, 2014
We were thrilled to join Congressman Payne, Jr., Congressman Dent and Congressman Lance on Capitol Hill Wednesday for the 80 by 2018 Stakeholder Meeting and Lobby Day! This event was part of the ongoing national effort to make prevention a priority by achieving an 80% colon cancer screening rate by 2018. Since its launch, the 80 by 2018 movement has continued to gain momentum in the community with 100+ organizations now on board. To achieve this screening goal, we know we must remove obstacles that are preventing people from getting checked. That’s why we’re currently urging Congress to support HR 1070/S.2348, eliminating the colonoscopy loophole as a barrier to screening. Read more
Posted on July 14, 2014
Fifteen years ago, there wasn’t an organization dedicated to a comprehensive approach to addressing colon cancer. As we celebrate our 15th anniversary, we’re proud to be leading the charge to knock colon cancer out of the top three cancer killers. Over the years we’ve seen increased screening rates, the approval of several new colon cancer fighting drugs and millions invested in lifesaving and supportive programs. In fact, in 2013 alone we invested $3.9 million in prevention, research and empowerment programs, providing hope to nearly one million patients, survivors, caregivers and advocates. Read more
Posted on July 7, 2014
You Asked. We Listened.
Interest in our National Conference grows every year and in order to meet the needs of our engaged community, we’re approaching it a bit differently this year. We heard your feedback from previous years asking for specific, targeted sessions that best meet your individual needs. That’s why this year, in partnership with our friends at the Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation & Stupid Cancer, we will be hosting three smaller summits. These a la carte events will meet the needs of patients across the colon cancer spectrum, from newly diagnosed to long term survivors to young-onset patients. We’re looking forward to these smaller, focused summits because alongside our expert speakers and partners, we will be gathering information and research so we can continue moving the dial forward in the area of colon cancer.