Digestive Disease is a Significant Health Challenge
- According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), 60 to 70 million Americans are affected by digestive disease.
- Digestive disease results in 48M ambulatory care visits, 22M hospitalizations and 246,000 deaths each year at an annual cost of $141.8B.
The following non-profit organizations provide a wide range of information and services specifically for patients with digestive diseases, their families and healthcare providers. Visit each website for details about what each organization offers.
American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society works to reduce the incidence of cancer and save lives by funding and conducting research, working with lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer, providing access to care for people who are underinsured or uninsured and providing other types of support for individuals through their diagnosis, treatment and post-treatment care.
Colon Cancer Coalition
The mission of the Colon Cancer Coalition is to empower local communities to promote prevention and early detection of colon cancer and to provide support to those affected.
National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance
The NCCRA, co-founded in 2000 by Katie Couric, Lilly Tartikoff & the Entertainment Industry Foundation, is dedicated to the eradication of colorectal cancer by promoting the importance of early medical screening as well as funding research to develop better tests, treatments and, ultimately, a cure.
Colon Cancer Alliance
Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month is sponsored by the Colon Cancer Alliance (www.ccaliance.org), which brings together thousands of survivors, caregivers and advocates across the U.S. to help educate the public about colon cancer, which is one of the top three cancer killers. The Colon Cancer Alliance is dedicated to prevention of colon cancer, funding cutting-edge research and providing high-quality patient-support services.
Fight Colorectal Cancer
Fight Colorectal Cancer is dedicated to empowering and activating patients and champions to advocate for better policies as well as to support research, education and awareness for everyone touched by colorectal disease.
Cancer Care provides free professional support services and information to help people manage the emotional, practical and financial challenges of cancer. Provided by oncology social workers and cancer experts, the organization’s comprehensive services include counseling and support groups over the phone, online and in-person; educational workshops; publications and financial and co-payment assistance.
Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation
The Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation (CCCF) is dedicated to a eradicating colon cancer through awareness, prevention, screening and research.
Susan Cohan Colon Cancer Foundation
The Susan Cohan Colon Cancer Foundation is dedicated to prevention, early detection and treatment of colorectal cancer through education and promotional programs across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.
The Colon Club
The Colon Club works to educate the public about the risk factors, genetic precursors and symptoms of colorectal cancer as well as for people – including young adults — to demand screening when risk factors determine it is appropriate for them.