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.
When I was 38 years old, I was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. Today, I am undergoing treatments and anticipating an upcoming surgery. At the age of 36, my brother went in for a colonoscopy and had precancerous polyps removed. I knew colon cancer was in my family, but I had no idea it would affect me, especially at such a young age.
If you have colon cancer in the family, and have not had your colonoscopy, do not wait for the suggested age of 50 to get screened. Be conscious of any intestinal or bowel abnormality that you might have, such as blood or mucous in the stool, and go get checked immediately. Screening can help catch it early when it is still highly treatable.
Michelle Dennis – Portland