Last week, the House of Representatives and the Senate completed action on the Fiscal Year 2015 spending bill, and the president has signed the bill into law. For the first time in almost twenty years, the increase in funding for the National Cancer Institute (NCI) was proportional to the funding increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Perhaps the most exciting stipulation of the FY2015 bill offers a 50 percent increase in funding for the Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP). This makes cancer research a priority for the upcoming fiscal year.
The NCI will receive $4.95 billion in government funding, an increase of $27 million from FY2014. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) received more funding than the previous year, including a $300,000 increase for the Colorectal Cancer Control Program within the CDC.
Although these appropriations represent a huge win for the cancer community, there is still along way to go in the spread of awareness, prevention, and treatment for this terrible disease. You can learn more about the new funding stipulations on the Fight Colorectal Cancer blog.
Other News From Around the Web
- An interesting article in Becker's GI & Endoscopy on 17 colonoscopy coding updates to know for 2015.
- Walgreens has come out with a New Year's Health Checklist, reminding readers to consider undergoing important health screening procedures, including screening for colon cancer.
- A new study published in Cancer Causes and Control examines the effect of patient navigation on colorectal cancer screening in a community of urban African American adults.
- The Healthcare Professionals Network released a study that offers a closer look at the efficacy of Fecal Immunochemical Testing (FIT) for colorectal cancer.