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COLUMBUS Cancer society's Lobby Day focuses on insurance for tests



Published: Sun, February 24, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Legislation would ensure coverage for colorectal and prostate cancer screening.

COLUMBUS -- House Bill 266, which would make colorectal and prostate cancer screenings available to more Ohioans, is the main topic of the American Cancer Society's fifth annual Lobby Day and Legislator Luncheon scheduled March 12 at the Statehouse.

The bill proposes insurance coverage for the screenings for individuals ages 50 and older and earlier for those at high risk, in accordance with ACS guidelines.

"The bill would ensure that Ohio insurers cover colorectal and prostate cancer screening tests," said Atty. Anne Frederick Crawford, volunteer advocacy chairwoman and a member of the board of directors for the Mahoning Valley Chapter ACS.

Early detection: The screenings save lives and are cost-effective, said Al Stabilito, communications and advocacy director of the chapter.

"When screening detects cancer early, the treatment costs around $10,000, and the patient has an excellent chance at survival. However, treatment in the latter stages of cancer can cost upwards of $100,000, and the chance for survival is much lower," he said.

Lobby Day, which is 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., includes training preparation for individual legislative visits, meetings with legislators, lunch and guest speakers.

Residents from Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties who want to attend Lobby Day should call the local ACS at (330) 533-0546 or toll-free at (888) 227-6446.




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