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.
In May 2006 my mom—a vibrant and otherwise healthy 82-year-old African woman—was diagnosed with Stage 4 colorectal cancer. Before her diagnosis I had never thought about colorectal cancer, but now I know that it is the second most deadly form of cancer and is also more prevalent among African Americans.
My mom had her surgery the Saturday before Mother’s Day and the only gift she asked of her six children was to get a colonoscopy. I scheduled mine as soon as I got home from visiting with her.
I’m telling my story to demystify the procedure and stress the benefits of getting screened. Colonoscopies are an easy and uncomplicated procedure and are crucial for preventing colorectal cancer and identifying cancer early so it can be treated. Nothing should get in the way of getting screened.
Liz Baxter – Portland