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The one hundred honoree: The Colorectal Cancer Coalition

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The one hundred honoree: The Colorectal Cancer Coalition

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The Colorectal Cancer Coalition (C3) is a nonprofit advocacy organization that supports legislation, research and education to improve screening, diagnosis and treatment of colorectal cancer — one of the few cancers that can be prevented by early detection. C3 also promotes policies that make these life-saving clinical services available to all.

Founded in 2005 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., C3 has already made progress by lobbying Congress and training advocates to help push important legislation. For example, a Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program in the Department of Defense was established as part of the FY2010 Defense Appropriations Bill. This program designates $15 million for research that includes studies in colorectal cancer.

C3 is now promoting legislation to establish a National Colorectal Cancer Screening Program, a giant step in preventive care that promises to save countless lives and substantially reduce the nation’s healthcare costs.

C3’s public education resources include a professionally staffed, toll-free answer line, a web site and a newsletter.