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Cancer Patients Deserve Better Coverage

Posted on March 21, 2017

Today the Colon Cancer Alliance joins with hundreds of other patient advocacy groups and medical professional associations in opposing the American Health Care Act (AHCA) that is currently under consideration in the House of Representatives.

The Alliance calls on Congress to discontinue debate on this bill.  Instead Congress must engage with the broad health community to draft legislation that meaningfully improves access to care by increasing the number of Americans who have health insurance. Read more

Questions to Ask Your Doctor Before Your Colonoscopy

Posted on March 15, 2017

When it comes to colon cancer, it is more important than ever to take charge of your health and act as your own healthcare advocate. Getting comfortable with a procedure like a colonoscopy will happen when you are informed and are able to approach your medical provider with your questions and concerns. While the following common questions below may not completely cover every concern you have, they are great starting points to get the discussion rolling about this procedure.    Read more

Hero of the Month: Vicki Barilleaux

Posted on March 14, 2017

When Stage III colon cancer survivor Vicki Barilleaux lost her sister to colon cancer in 2004, she turned her grief and awareness into action. She became connected with the Colon Cancer Alliance, and has made it her mission to spread the word about the importance of getting screened. Since 2013, she has been able to raise more than $4,000 with the help of her coworkers at Sam Houston State University, and has also participated as a feature video in our Tomorrow Can’t Wait campaign. She spoke with us about the importance of sharing her story, her tips on strong fundraising, and breaking down the barriers associated with talking about this disease.

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Returning to Work After Colon Cancer

Posted on March 14, 2017

By Crawford Clay, Certified Patient & Family Support Navigator, Colon Cancer Alliance

Cancer is expensive. There is no doubt about it. Most of us can’t wait to return to work, pay down our debts and get life back to normal. Sometimes though, we hit roadblocks.

I hit a roadblock shortly after finishing chemo. Driving home one day I realized I was lost. Lost doing something I had done countless times before. That was scary. Thankfully, I could call my wife who got me home.

Chemo brain 1, Crawford 0. Read more

March Spotlight: Bradley Kinkead’s Young & Brave Story

Posted on March 12, 2017

Bradley Kinkead was 38 when he first noticed the colon cancer symptoms he brushed off as hemorrhoids. Luckily, his wife encouraged him to visit a doctor, who diagnosed him with Stage III colon cancer after a colonoscopy. Now, Bradley is returning the favor his wife gave him by spreading the word about getting screened. Read his story and find out what he wants you to know this Colon Cancer Awareness Month.

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