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If you have recently had a colorectal cancer diagnosis or need a screening, learn more about financial assistance programs that may alleviate some of your medical bills. The Blue Hope Financial Assistance program helps low-income individuals reduce the burden of testing and treatment costs.

The Blue Hope Financial Assistance program offers low-cost screenings for colonoscopies and FIT tests, $300 stipends to assist with screenings or $200 to help with colorectal cancer treatment costs.

To qualify for a low-cost colonoscopy, you must be uninsured or underinsured and have a total income below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines. To be eligible for a stipend, you must be uninsured or underinsured and have a total household income of less than $75,000. If you have received assistance from the program in the past, you may not apply again.

The program does not exclude applicants based on age or genetic factors, so encourage your loved ones to apply if they qualify for the Blue Hope Financial Assistance program.

Learn more about the Blue Hope Financial Assistance program and apply at the Colon Cancer Alliance. Discover more resources on financial assistance and get the tools and support you need online.

Additional resources:

https://www.cancercare.org/financial_assistance

https://www.panfoundation.org/index.php/en/patients/assistance-programs/colorectal-cancer

https://www.ccalliance.org/patient-family-support/financial-assistance-programs

 https://www.cancer.org/content/cancer/en/treatment/support-programs-and-services/patient-lodging/hope-lodge.html

https://www.cancerandcareers.org/en

 https://www.allysonwhitney.org/grants/

https://www.cancersupportcommunity.org/resources

 https://www.patientadvocate.org/explore-our-resources/national-financial-resource-directory/

 

Thinking that you might have colorectal cancer is a terrifying thought. What if we told you that the death rate has dropped for several decades in both men in women? Due to updated screening methods, earlier detection, and improved treatment, there are more than one million colorectal cancer survivors in the United States. Learn more about how to screen for colorectal cancer and what the process means for you and your family.

 

What do I need to know about how to screen for colorectal cancer?

Finding colorectal cancer when it is small – and hasn’t spread – is often key to higher success in defeating the third deadliest cancer. TheAmerican Cancer Society currently recommends that people at average risk start regular screenings at 45-years-old. This number recently decreased due to the increased rate of younger adults developing colorectal cancer. If you are in good health, you should continue the regular screenings until you are 75-years-old. From 76-years-old to 85-years-old, the decision to screen for colorectal cancer depends on your overall health and preference. For those above the age of 85-years-old, there are no current recommendations for colorectal screening.

 

What happens during a colorectal cancer screening?

There are two categories of colorectal cancer screenings, according to the American Cancer Society. Stool-based tests allow an opportunity for the discovery of polyps. Many stool-based tests for hidden blood in stool samples. There are no precautions that need to be made before the test, such as dietary restrictions. The other test, a colonoscopy, is often needed to further diagnose after the stool-based tests.

What happens if I get an abnormal screening for colorectal cancer?

If your results from the stool-based test come back abnormal, you will need a colonoscopy to diagnose whether you have colorectal cancer. During a colonoscopy, the physician will look at the length of your colon and may biopsy and/or remove any polyps. Colonoscopies need to be performed less, but they take more preparation than stool-based tests.

Learn more about what you can do to protect your butt against colorectal cancer. If you have any questions or concerns about colorectal cancer screenings, reach out to your primary doctor.

 

Events

You’re invited to join us for the Early Age Onset Colorectal Cancer (EAO-CRC) VIRTUAL Summit™ on Thursday, April 23rd from 12:00 – 2:30 PM EST!

We want to thank all of our generous sponsors for sticking with us and making this happen!

Make your lunch and join us from 12:00 – 2:30 pm for the EAO-CRC VIRTUAL Summit

As some of you may already know, after careful consideration for the health and safety of patients, attendees, the entire cancer community, and global efforts to stem the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the CCF Board of Directors made the difficult decision to postpone the in-person event.

As always, this event will feature renowned pioneers in epidemiology, experts in oncology and visionaries of health policy who are addressing early age onset colorectal cancer on the front lines. And, in keeping with tradition, you will have an opportunity to contribute to the conversation and engage in a LIVE dialogue with our panelists. Your voice will be heard.

An important addition to our agenda is COVID-19: The latest information on what all patients, caregivers and clinicians need to know from renowned experts.

We will examine 3 key questions you may have, including:

  • What are the top EAO-CRC emerging issues
  • What are the current and future impacts of COVID-19 on EAO-CRC
  • Staying laser-focused – what can I do?

INVITED SPEAKERS: 

  • Cindy R. Borassi, Colon Cancer Foundation
  • Renay Caldwell, Director of Navigation and Screening Services, University of South Carolina
  • Richard Fahrer, III, EAO-CRC Patient and Oncology Marketing Director, Patient Solutions, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals
  • Len Lichtenfeld, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, American Cancer Society
  • Whiney Jones, Founder, Colon Cancer Prevention Project
  • Krista Nelson, LCSW OSW-C BCD FAOSW, Program Manager, Quality & Research, Cancer Support Services & Compassion, Providence Cancer Institute & Providence St Joseph Health
  • Erin Peterson, EAO-CRC Summit ™ CO-HOST, Communications Director, Colon Cancer Coalition
  • Susan K. Peterson, PhD, MPH, Department of Behavioral Science, Division of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences
  • Mark B. Pochapin, NYU Langone Health, President, American College of Gastroenterology
  • Rebecca Siegel, MPH, American Cancer Society
  • Zsofia Stadler, MD, Associate Professor, Clinical Director, Clinical Genetics Service, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Yi-Qian Nancy You, MD, MHSc, FACS, Department of Surgical Oncology, Division of Surgery, MD Anderson Cancer Center

I invite you to take the time today to register for the upcoming Virtual EAO-CRC Summit™ – you won’t regret it. Space is limited and on a first come first serve basis. Registration is free.