In The News
Alarming Number Not Following CRC Screening Guidelines
Results from a nationwide survey conducted by the CCA and Quest Diagnostics show nearly one in three adults over the age of 50 have never been screened for CRC. Of those, 28% say it is because their healthcare provider has not recommended screening. The poll also shows that one in five who have been screened for colon cancer but not by colonoscopy chose a different test because of the the colonoscopy’s bowel preparation or side effects.
You can read a summary of survey findings here, and visit the Quest Diagnostics website for more information about their diagnostic testing services, including the ColoVantage™ test, the first blood-plasma DNA test in the U.S. for aiding in the detection of colon cancer.
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Notice Something Different?
We’ve updated our logo! Why the new logo, you ask? It is the CCA’s mission to increase screening rates and survivorship, and the blue star is the symbol for a future free of colon cancer. We feel its place on the new logo embodies what we are working every single day to achieve.
CCA National Conference a Success
Our 2011 National Conference, Family Matters: What Every Family Needs to Know about Colon Cancer, was a huge success! Attendees left with new information, feelings of hope, and with the realization that they are not alone. We enjoyed meeting all of you who attended. Congratulations to our 2011 award winners. We are looking forward to seeing everyone next year!
See photos or read quotes from attendees.
Famed Designer Carmen Marc Valvo Joins CCA Board
Carmen Marc Valvo, best known for his classic eveningwear and swimwear designs and for dressing A-list celebrities, is the newest member of the CCA Board of Directors. Valvo, a colon cancer survivor, has been a passionate supporter of the CCA and has dedicated countless hours to raising awareness of colon cancer and the importance of being screened.
“Working with the CCA has been very rewarding,” said Valvo. “I wholeheartedly believe in the mission of the organization to increase screening rates and survivorship and look forward to my new role as a member of the Board."
Welcome to the CCA Family, Carmen!
CEO Represents CCA in Europe
This June, our CEO, Andrew Spiegel, traveled to Barcelona, Spain to attend the EuropaColon Patient Conference. Patient advocates from all over Europe attended to share information about their efforts to battle CRC. Andrew learned that the landscape of CRC is very different outside the U.S.
Did you know...
Europe has an overall screening compliance rate of only 9%?
European guidelines recommend screening begin at age 55, and the screening method used most widely is the FOBT?
Europe accounts for 2/3 of all CRC deaths in the world? That's 400,000 people who die unnecessarily every year.
Despite these dismal facts, Andrew did bring some positive things back from Spain. "The Colon Cancer Alliance is considered the world leader in CRC advocacy, support and education, and European groups look to us as a model of what they aim to become," he says, adding, "I felt proud to represent such a highly regarded organization. I am also looking forward to working with European organizations in the future to battle CRC globally."
Help Us Win the Runner's World Cancer Charity Challenge
The organization that raises the most money by September 5th will receive $5,000 from Runner's World. The CCA is currently in fifth place. We can do it with your help! It’s super easy to create and share your page—and they have sweet prizes! Donate $50 or more by July 31 for a chance to win a Raleigh Revenio Bicycle valued at more than $700! Get started.
Darlene’s life-long battle with weight has played an integral role in her journey with cancer. A routine test before weight-loss surgery in 2006 led Darlene’s doctor to find cancerous polyps in her colon. Today, Darlene is cancer-free and has been a CCA Buddy for many years. She helps newly diagnosed patients by sharing her experiences and offering support.
Check out our website for more of Darlene's story.
July 23 - Jersey Shore Undy 5000
August 3 - Tele-Chat: Update from the ASCO Annual Meeting
August 8 - CCA Voices of Rhode Island Chapter Walk
August 20 - Tacoma Undy 5000
Check out our Blue Star Calendar for a complete list of events.