Lawmakers call for increased efforts on colon cancer

Two US House lawmakers say more must be done to reduce the mortality rate associated with colorectal cancer, including funding research into preventing and treating the disease. Rep. Donald Payne, D-N.J., and Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., are sponsoring the bill. The Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act, in part corrects a glitch in Medicare that charges patients for otherwise free colonoscopy screenings if a polyp is removed during the procedure. The change from screening to therapeutic, meaning not having a “negative” or “screening” exam, should not be a barrier to getting screening or be punitive to the patient in any way. The goal, as always, is to get more people screened and taken care of.

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