Be an Advocate for Colon Cancer Research and Prevention
As I write this post, more than 60 physicians, researchers, colon cancer survivors, caregivers and other advocates are joining together on Capitol Hill for the 6th Annual Call-on Congress, hosted by Fight Colorectal Cancer. These volunteers are meeting face-to-face with their members of Congress to share their stories and urge support for colon cancer funding.
Thanks to advances in colon cancer research, my doctors knew that I should be screened early, because my mom died of colon cancer. And because of my early screening, precancerous polyps were found and removed during the colonoscopy, saving my life before the polyps further developed. Fight Colorectal Cancer’s website helped me understand how the government plays a role in funding the fight against colon cancer.
Advocates for colon cancer are so critical to continuing improvements in colon cancer research and for keeping colon cancer prevention affordable. Fight Colorectal Cancer is the leading colon cancer advocacy organization in Washington, D.C., that offers support to patients, family members and caregivers and provides resources for advocates, policymakers, medical professionals, and healthcare providers.
Don’t worry if you weren’t able to make the Call-on Congress, because there is still plenty you can do to be a voice in fighting to keep funding for colon cancer prevention – and you don’t have to be a professional lobbyist. Fight Colorectal Cancer’s website offers an Advocate Toolbox with resources, such as:
- People Power: Get inspired reading stories from fellow advocates who are making a difference in the fight against colon cancer.
- Regional Directors: These regional leaders can help you get involved and direct you to specific actions you can take in your area.
- Grassroots Action Committee: A team of volunteers selected every year that helps Fight Colorectal Cancer achieve the organization’s strategic goals and objectives.
- Action Center: Influencing legislation and gaining attention for colon cancer prevention and treatment starts with grassroots efforts. For the following specific areas of action, Fight Colorectal Cancer has provided background information and easy-to-use electronic form letters for you to submit to your member of Congress:
And that’s not all. You can help get local and state proclamations signed, attend free webinars, add a Blue Star Twibbon to your online profiles, and further educate yourself about the legislative goals Fight Colorectal Cancer focuses on. These priorities are key to ensuring we have a national commitment to keep colon cancer preventable, treatable and beatable. Don’t forget to check out Fight Colorectal Cancer’s position statements, on issues like drug approval and shortages, affordable screenings, personalized medicine, healthcare reform and more. And speaking of Healthcare reform, if you’re not familiar with the latest updates in policy, check out Health Reform and You, to learn about how it impacts colon cancer patients and prevention.
I know I’ve talked about a lot of ways to get involved, but being an advocate really doesn’t have to be intimidating or take a lot of time. Every little bit helps! If we all do something, like sign a letter to our member of Congress, it all adds up. So what will you do during Colon Cancer Awareness Month to be an advocate?
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