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Issue Brief 11 - Making an Informed Choice: Colonoscopy Screening Locations Explained

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

 

Issue Brief 11 thumbnailMaking an Informed Choice: Colonoscopy Screening Locations Explained ( HTML | PDF  )

Colorectal cancer (CRC), the second most deadly cancer in the United States, has developed two significant trends that were recently identified by the research community in a new study published online in JAMA Surgery. The positive trend found that the incidence of colorectal cancer in adults aged 50 and over is decreasing. Unfortunately, the negative trend is that young adults aged 20-49 are facing an increased risk of colorectal cancer.

 

 

Issue Brief 10 - Young Adults Face Increased Risk of Colorectal Cancer

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

 

Issue Brief 10 thumbnailYoung Adults Face Increased Risk of Colorectal Cancer ( HTML | PDF  )

With the dramatic rise of health care costs in recent years, it has never been more important for patients to be their own advocate when making important, and often expensive, health care decisions. Though health insurance helps cover the brunt of some of the most expensive procedures, patients are still feeling the effects of high costs in their out-of-pocket expenses. Today’s consumers are educated and informed when they make big purchases such as a new car, and health care spending should be no different. As a consumer of medical services, patients should be prepared to research and compare options in order to receive optimal care and keep health care expenses down.

 

 

Issue Brief 9 - Colorectal Cancer Screening: The Genetic Factor

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

 

Issue Brief 9 thumbnailColorectal Cancer Screening: The Genetic Factor ( HTML | PDF  )

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Thankfully, it is also one of the most treatable and curable cancers, if detected early. Unfortunately, a high percentage of late stage colorectal cancers are fatal, with the American Cancer Society citing a five year survival rate of Stage IV cancers as low as only 6%. While preventative screening colonoscopies can go a long way in helping to catch cancerous polyps early and save lives, new medical developments in the field of genetic testing can help take colorectal cancer prevention to a new level.

 

 

Issue Brief 8 - Drug Shortages Impact Colorectal Cancer

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

 

Issue Brief 8 thumbnailDrug Shortages Impact Colorectal Cancer ( HTML | PDF  )

Over the past several years, drug shortages have become an increasingly severe problem for those working throughout the health care industry, as well as for patients who depend on pharmaceuticals every day. Drug shortages are not new, but now hospitals and physicians are having more difficulty finding adequate supplies of drugs to meet the needs of their patients. Some of the drugs that have seen supply problems are those used in colorectal cancer screenings. If we realize the mission of dramatically increasing screening rates among Americans, drug shortages could prove to become an even bigger issue than it is today.

 

Issue Brief 7 - Take Advantage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Preventive Care Clause

Monday, May 19, 2014

 

Issue Brief 7 thumbnailTake Advantage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Preventive Care Clause ( HTML | PDF  )

Considering one in 20 Americans will develop colorectal cancer at some point in their lives, colorectal cancer screenings are vitally important as a preventative measure. Because colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, screenings have never been more important. Fortunately, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), which passed Congress in 2010, has markedly improved access to screenings.

 

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