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New Data Reveals That Gaps in Coverage for Those With Private Insurance Are Major Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening
Date:3/6/2009

Colorectal Cancer Screening Legislation Report Card Ranks State Efforts: Finally, More "A's" than "F's"

WASHINGTON, March 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For the first time, more U.S. states have received A grades than failing marks for colorectal cancer screening laws, according to the 2009 Colorectal Cancer Legislation Report Card. Issued today by a coalition of 11 leading public health groups and medical professional societies, the report card was released along with new data from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network(SM) (ACS CAN) attributing increasing colorectal cancer screening rates in part to state laws requiring private insurers to cover screenings, and a new survey revealing that inadequate coverage of the costs for colon cancer tests is the largest barrier for people seeking screenings who have private insurance.

Colorectal cancer (also known as colon cancer) is the second most common cause of cancer-related death in the U.S. when you combine totals for men and women, with only 10 percent of people who are diagnosed with the most advanced stage of the disease surviving five years. Yet when detected at its earliest stage, colon cancer is among the most treatable of all cancers, with a 90 percent 5-year survival rate. Furthermore, the disease can even be prevented through the early identification and removal of pre-cancerous polyps. The report card, now in its sixth year, gives "A" grades to states whose laws require insurance coverage according to current and future screening guidelines, which is particularly significant this year as guidelines have recently been updated to include new technologies like virtual colonoscopy and stool DNA testing. This year, Colorado, Kentucky and Maine join the list of A states, while Pennsylvania has raised its grade to B, from F.

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