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How the American Cancer Society Fights Colon Cancer


Information, Research, Patient Services, Advocacy

Colorectal cancer (commonly called colon cancer) is the third most common cancer in men and women in the United States, and the third leading cause of cancer death. But the death rate from this disease has been dropping thanks to improvements in colon cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment. There are screening tests available that can actually stop colon cancer before it starts, or catch it early, when treatments are more likely to be successful. Treatments have also gotten better over the years.

The American Cancer Society is actively fighting colon cancer on many fronts. We are helping people get tested for colon cancer, helping them understand their diagnosis and get the treatments they need. The American Cancer Society also funds new research to help prevent, find, and treat colon cancer. Check out the links below to learn more about these activities.

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Colon Cancer Screening Information for Health Care Providers

Health care providers play a crucial role in preventing colon cancer by encouraging their patients to get screened. Most patients will not get tested unless a doctor or nurse tells them to. The American Cancer Society has a number of resources to help health care providers increase colon cancer screening rates in their practice.

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Colon Cancer Research

The American Cancer Society conducts and funds research to help find the answers to the critical questions about colon cancer: what causes it; how can it be prevented, detected, and treated successfully; and how to improve the quality of life for people who have colon cancer. We currently have more than $43 million invested in multi-year colon cancer research grants.

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Colon Cancer Prevention Programs and Patient Services

The American Cancer Society is committed to assuring every person in every community has access to the screening tests that can prevent colon cancer -- and to the resources they need if they are ever diagnosed. These include lodging, transportation, emotional support, and helping find clinical trials.

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Colon Cancer Advocacy

As a founding member of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, the American Cancer Society is working with nearly 80 other organizations to eliminate colon cancer as a major public health problem. Our advocacy affiliate, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), is working at both the federal and state level to increase access to quality screening and treatment for all people with colorectal cancer.