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Become an advocate

Join the Alliance's efforts to change legislation or regulations regarding colorectal cancer treatments and screening by becoming an advocate today.

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Why should you become an advocate?

The Colorectal Cancer Alliance recognizes the need for policies that help us in our goal to end colorectal cancer within our lifetime. That’s why we continuously collaborate with scientists at public, private, and government research institutions to fund the critical research that will lead to new drugs and treatment protocols. Our advocacy and policy efforts are focused on finding ways to facilitate treatment, screen and prevent colon and rectal cancer, and fund life-saving research.

You can join our efforts by contacting Kim Newcomer, Director of Volunteers, at We'll reach out to you to respond to action alerts, for example, by calling your legislators, sending a letter, using our pre-packaged social media assets to spread awareness, or galvanizing others to join our cause.

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Advocate in your state

Colorectal Cancer Alliance's State Allies offer crucial support for patients, families, caregivers, and survivors. Get involved in your backyard.

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About Allies in Action

Biomarker testing helps connect patients with the most effective treatments for their cancer – but not all patients benefit from the latest advances. Our nation of allies will help deploy a grassroots, ally-lead advocacy campaign to increase payer coverage of testing and enable more patients to access testing needed to inform their cancer treatment journey

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Learn More About Biomarker Testing

What is biomarker testing?
You had probably never even heard of biomarkers until your cancer diagnosis, but they're a very important part of treatment planning.

Colorectal cancer biomarkers can be detected and measured in your body in a number of ways. The type of biomarker test you receive will depend on what your doctor decides is right for the type and stage of cancer you have.

Biomarker testing is usually done by taking a sample of your tumor (“tissue biopsy”) or your blood (“liquid biopsy”). This can be done at your doctor’s office or during a surgery.

The sample will be sent to a certified pathology laboratory where tests are done to find any abnormalities in the DNA, RNA, hormones, or proteins made by your cancer.

Other names for biomarker testing include molecular testing, genomic testing, tumor gene testing, and mutation testing.
Why Biomarker Testing Matters

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