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Statement from Colon Cancer Alliance CEO Michael Sapienza on AHCA assessment by the CBO

Posted on May 24, 2017

Today the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) provided an assessment of what will happen if the American Health Care Act (AHCA) becomes law. The synopsis provides negative foreshadowing, especially in the cancer community, with statistics including: 51 million Americans will be uninsured by 2026, a dramatic increase in out-of-pocket healthcare costs, and a steep decrease in access to life-saving treatments and care. Read more

The importance of clinical trial awareness

Posted on May 8, 2017

Last week was the third annual Clinical Trial Awareness Week, during which the Coalition for Clinical Trials Awareness promoted clinical trials and efforts to make them more know among the general public. New healthcare technologies need clinical trials before they’re available as treatment options, so the importance of the studies cannot be overstated. As part of their efforts, the CCTA hosted a Health Policy Roundtable at the US Capitol Visitor’s Center, during which attendees, including the Colon Cancer Alliance, heard about the ways that the federal government can raise the public’s awareness of the benefits of clinical trials. Read more

Clinical Trials & Paying it Forward

Posted on April 20, 2017

Without clinical trials, it would be a safe bet to say I may not have survived stage III rectal cancer 13 years ago. I certainly would be different today.

We often forget every drug and medical device that is available to patients today is thanks to those who were part of the trial that got them approved. The FDA approval process is extremely thorough and rigorous – every drug and device must prove safety, benefit and effectiveness for patients.

Without clinical trials, no drug – no matter how promising in the lab – can become available to the thousands of cancer patients whose lives are literally depending on new treatments. Read more

Support the Donald Payne Sr. Colorectal Cancer Detection Act of 2017

Posted on April 19, 2017

Last month, after repeated encouragement from my wife, I went in for my annual physical.  Beforehand my doctor had me stop at the lab for blood tests which showed that my cholesterol was a bit high and the doctor gave me some dietary tips to get it in line.  I did not request to have my cholesterol checked, it’s just a routine part of an annual physical.  Turns out the blood tests screen for a whole host of factors that can help prevent serious health conditions from heart disease to diabetes.  Read more

Bravelets: Meaningful Jewelry Making a Big Impact

Posted on March 10, 2017

Six years ago Stephanie Hansen decided she wanted to start Bravelets™, a jewelry company with giving at the core. The company was born after her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Through the difficult days of dealing with her mom’s diagnosis and treatment, Stephanie wanted something her whole family could wear as a symbol of hope. But the company’s impact doesn’t end there, because for every item sold, 10% is donated to charity. Not only does Bravelets provide courage to those wearing their stylish jewelry, but they’re helping nearly 4,000 partner organizations move their missions forward in a big way. In fact, they’ve helped raise more than $44,000 in donations for the Colon Cancer Alliance since our partnership began! For all the lives you continue to impact, thank you Bravelets! Now, let’s hear from Founder/ CEO Stephanie. Read more