17 May Exact Sciences Awards Grants to 18 Organizations Focused on Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screenings
MADISON, Wis., May 17, 2023 – Exact Sciences, a leading provider of cancer screening and diagnostic tests, announced today that it awarded $1.1 million to 18 organizations through its Funding Opportunities for CRC Screening Uptake Strategies (FOCUS) Program. Grant recipients are committed to improving uptake of colorectal cancer (CRC) screening and supporting affordable pathways to follow-up care for people who are medically underserved.
CRC is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States.1 The disease disproportionately affects different socioeconomic groups, races, and regions in the United States, with higher rates seen in certain populations, such as Black, American Indian, and Alaska Native communities.2 It has been estimated that tens of thousands of CRC cases and deaths could be prevented if 80% of eligible U.S. adults were screened.2
“Colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable cancers, yet approximately 60 million average-risk Americans remain unscreened³†,” said Paul Limburg, Chief Medical Officer, Screening, at Exact Sciences. “Awareness and access are critical to increasing screenings, and Exact Sciences is honored to support these organizations that are driving screening uptake and addressing inequities within their communities.”