The American Cancer Society’s 2021 Cancer Facts and Figures includes staggering statistics about colorectal cancer (CRC) in the United States:
- It is the third most common type of cancer diagnosed in men and women
- It is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men and women
- CRC incidence rates are increasing in adults younger than 50
- CRC mortality rates are increasing in adults younger than 55
- Black people have the highest CRC incidence and mortality rates among all ethnic groups
These shocking figures are why Fight CRC, a patient advocacy group with a mission to “cure colorectal cancer,” is working with members of Congress to provide funding for CRC research.
Fight CRC calls for the allocation of $20 million for a CRC research program within the Department of Defense (DoD). Congressional champions of the group are leading a letter to the House Appropriations Committee in support of this effort. According to the letter, CRC is the only cancer among the top five cancer killers without its own program within the DoD’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP).
Fight CRC wants to change that. They believe it is past time for CRC to be spotlighted, and they have “no plans of slowing down or stopping until they reach their goal: a cure.” At the Colon Cancer Foundation, we wholeheartedly stand by this mission and we will continue to work towards, in the words of founder Dr. Thomas K. Weber, “a world without colon cancer.”
Imagine a world in which CRC is not one of the most common types of cancers. Imagine a world in which CRC does not cause deaths anymore. Now, imagine that you don’t have to imagine any of this: you can make this world a reality by clicking on Fight CRC’s action alert and urging your members of Congress to sign the letter to create a distinct program for CRC research. Share it with your friends, family, and colleagues so that together, we can all create a world without CRC.