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.
Having a colonoscopy saved my life or at a minimum has prolonged it. Two weeks after turning 50 I had a colonoscopy because it is recommended at this milestone age. I had no family history of colon cancer and had no symptoms. (I know the importance of cancer screenings because my sister was diagnosed with breast cancer after an annual mammogram). The screening revealed stage 4 colon cancer. I started chemo therapy right way, then had surgery to remove all the cancerous lesions and am cancer free today. If I had waited even a few months, my treatment options and outcome would have been much different. SCREENINGS SAVE LIVES! Unlucky for me, my cancer started growing before age 50 but if you are over 50 OR have a family history of colon cancer OR you are having any symptoms, GO GET SCREENED and encourage your loved ones to do it too!