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Colon Cancer Alliance works to break down barriers to colon cancer screening

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According to the Colon Cancer Alliance, “Lack of access to timely screening or cancer care is are directly responsible for lives lost to colon cancer.” As a result they have instigated a Patient Support Navigator Program, focusing on diagnostic and treatment navigation to assist patients, survivors, caregivers and families “through every stage of the disease at all stages of cancer care, from screening and diagnosis to treatment and survivorship.”

Colon cancer, (aka rectal cancer, or bowel cancer) results from uncontrolled cell growth in the colon or rectum, and is not considered to the the 3rd most commonly diagnosed cancer in the world. In fact, it was reported that 1.23 million new cases of colorectal cancer were clinically diagnosed, with 608,000 death attributed to it in 2008 alone.

Those at the greatest risk include men and women over the age of 60, African Americans and people of eastern European descent, patients with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitus, and those who have a family history of colon cancer, or who have a personal history of breast cancer.

"The launch of our new Patient Support Navigator Program is a dream come true," says Martha Raymond, Colon Cancer Alliance Patient Support and Outreach Director. "My goal of creating this program began several months ago when I realized the need for ongoing support and guidance for those who seek information from our organization. We are also working to tear down barriers to screening such as finances, fear, lack of knowledge, logistical obstacles, etc.”

To learn more information about the Colon Cancer Alliance Patient Support Navigator Program, call the free Helpline at (877) 422-2030 Monday -Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET.

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