Resources and links
Learn more about colorectal cancer; the latest screening methods, their application, and their costs; and how to effectively implement colorectal cancer screening recommendations into your practice:
- U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
- American Cancer Society
- Acumentra Health: Colorectal Cancer Screening Toolkit (training for physicians and medical assistants; patient and community materials)
- National Cancer Institute’s Risk Assessment Tool
- Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians – View the taped webinars and receive CME credit from the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Brief: ‘Grandfathered Health Plans’, 2010,
Below are local and national resources for patients who are diagnosed with colorectal cancer and need assistance paying for treatment:
- The Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems—Contacting your local hospital is a good first step when seeking help to pay for treatment. This website lists all Oregon hospitals’ financial assistance policies.
- The Figg Tree Foundation—Provides grants to help with medical expenses ranging from doctors visits to chemotherapy treatment (click on Grant Info)
- Patient Advocate Foundation—The Colorectal CareLine provides one-time grants to patients who have been diagnosed with colorectal cancer and need help with transportation services associated with their care.
- BenefitsCheckUp, a Service of the National Council on Aging—Helps seniors access available benefits for health care and other needs
- HealthWell Foundation—Helps pay for medications for patients who are underinsured
- Oregon Primary Care Association—Provides a list of federally qualified health centers across Oregon (click on Find a Health Center)
Primary Care and Public Health
Your involvement with this campaign underscores how critical partnerships between Primary Care and Public Health are in order to improve the health of our communities. View this overview of how each—working together—create promote health as well as an illustration of community health at work.
I was advised to get screened for colorectal cancer when I turned 50 by my doctor. I told him I wanted to wait a while and decided to put it off until he asked me to do it again. Finally, after turning 55 and much prompting from my friend, I mentioned it to my doctor and he told me it was a smart thing to get done and he couldn’t believe I hadn’t done it already!
The experience turned out to be quite nice and the environment was very comfortable and inviting. This is such an easy procedure; it was as if I took a nap and woke up and it was over.
I can understand the hesitation to get screened, but it’s worth it and necessary in order for people to take preventive measures, as I did have a pre-cancer polyp. After a certain age, good health comes from being proactive.
I encourage others to talk to their doctor about their options and then share your experience with friends and family.
Jenny Kluver – Roseburg