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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

ey would be somewhat to much more likely to get a colonoscopy at age 50, or earlier if their doctor recommended.

Analysis Shows an Increase in Screening and Early Detection

New analysis of colon cancer data from 1999 to the present conducted by ACS CAN, the advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, reveals that the United States has seen a dramatic increase in colorectal cancer screening among the 50-64 year old population over the past decade. According to ACS CAN, the increase in screening rates can be partly attributed to the increase in the number of states that require insurers to cover the cost of colorectal cancer screening, which has grown from zero to 29 in the past 10 years.

"The evidence is clear -- improving access to testing boosts screening rates, reduces health care costs and saves lives," said Daniel E. Smith, president of ACS CAN. "The fact that nearly 46 million Americans have no health insurance at all is a huge problem. And many Americans who have private insurance are not getting tested because they cannot afford it. We need to continue efforts to pass colon cancer screening coverage laws in states that don't have them so that more Americans age 50 and over can get the lifesaving screenings they need. "

One Patient, Two States

The need for comprehensive colon cancer screening legislation in all 50 states is underscored by the story of Catherine Murray-Rust: an academic librarian turned administrator and currently the Dean of the Library at Georgia Tech. Always active and health-minded, Catherine has completed two marathons, and today wears her training clothes to her chemotherapy sessions as a symbolic gesture of the new "marathon" in her life.

In 2003, Catherine moved to Colorado, an F state until just this year. She was in her mid-50s in 2006 when her doctor rec
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