As a person affected by colorectal cancer, I am pleased to be an advocate with C3: Colorectal Cancer Coalition, a non-profit, nonpartisan advocacy organization that is committed to the fight against colon and rectal cancer. C3 has launched an exciting and fun advocacy campaign and I would love for you to join us!
The Cover Your Butt Campaign will support three pieces of legislation that, if passed, will provide coverage of nearly every butt in America that should be screened for colorectal cancer: those belonging to the poor and underserved, the elderly and those with private insurance.
Cover Your Butt will work to get advocates involved in the fight to make colorectal cancer screenings affordable and available to all. We will work primarily to reach advocates through our web site, CoverYourButt.org. Our goal is to get as many advocates as possible to contact their Members of Congress to say, Cover My Butt! This is where we could use your help.
Some facts about colorectal cancer
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in America. In 2007, over 52,000 people will lose their lives to this disease.
The good news is that when it is caught early, colorectal cancer has a 90 percent survival rate, but only 20 percent of newly diagnosed cases are caught at this stage.
In 1998, when Medicare began covering the cost of colonoscopies for high risk patients, Colonoscopy use increased from an average rate of 285 per 100,000 beneficiaries to 889 per 100,000.
The three bills that will cover America