CCA In the News
The New York Times
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Your article, “$2.7 Trillion Medical Bill,” used the colonoscopy to illustrate why the U.S. is the leader in health expenditures. While a colonoscopy can be expensive, it is a proven lifesaver. A colonoscopy has been found to be the most comprehensive test available to help prevent colon cancer. In fact, the New York Times itself highlighted a study showing that colonoscopies prevent death (Report Affirms Lifesaving Role of Colonoscopy Feb. 22, 2012).
Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. But it doesn’t have to be. Through colonoscopies and other detection methods, we could virtually eradicate this disease if all adults 50-years or older were to be screened once every 10 years, or sooner, if there is a family history of the disease. This disease is often preventable, or can be beat through the early detection and removal of colon polyps during routine screening. Polyps removed early enough never have a chance to develop into cancer.
Bottom line, we are concerned that your article will discourage more people from getting a test that could be lifesaving. Only about half of the US population aged 50 and older (53%) is current for recommended testing (ACS Colorectal Cancer Facts & Figures 2011-2013).
Interim Chief Executive Officer
Colon Cancer Alliance
1025 Vermont Ave, Suite 1066
Washington, DC 20005
202-628-0123 Ext. 102