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.

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Colon cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, is the second deadliest cancer in the United States. While the cancer often affected those over 50-years-old in the past, colon cancer is increasing in young adults at an alarming rate. Learn more about why early-onset colon cancer is on the rise for those under the age of 50 and what you can do to combat the deadly cancer.


How Many People Will Develop Colon Cancer in 2019?

According to the American Cancer Society, there will be 145,600 new cases of colon cancer this year. Fifty-one thousand and twenty deaths are predicted to happen due to this disease. Young adults will contribute to these numbers, despite decreasing rates of colon cancer in those over 50-years-old.


What Factors Have Lead to an Increase in Colon Cancer in Adults?

One of the most significant factors in colon cancer increasing in young adults is the lack of screening. Until recently, the American Cancer Society recommended that standard screening starts at 50-years-old if you do not have a family history of colon cancer or other risk factors. However, they changed their screening recommendations to start at 45-years-old to accommodate for the higher risk of colon cancer in young adults.

One of the significant concerns with early-onset colon cancer is the amount of time between the diagnoses and treatment; this can often lead to a higher fatality rate for those that do not discover they have the deadly disease. If you have any questions or concerns about colorectal cancer screenings, reach out to your primary doctor.


What Can I Do to Reduce My Risk?

If you are worried about colon cancer, learn more about early-onset colon cancer. Convince your loved ones to get screened at 45-years-old if they are at average risk and earlier if they have a family history of colon cancer.


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?


  • 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.