U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown wants to remove any financial barriers that keep seniors from getting colon cancer treatment.

Brown has introduced legislation, known as the Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act, that would cover the co-payment that could possibly arise when a doctor finds and removes a polyp on a patient undergoing screening for colon cancer.

“New research has shown that colon cancer rates have dropped 30 percent for those 50 and over because of a push for testing” Brown said.

He would not like to see anything stand in the way of a senior citizen getting preventative screenings and treatment.

“Colorectal cancer is the thirdleading cause of cancer death in the country” Brown said. “But too many seniors who go in expecting a free, preventive screening, wake up to an unexpected and significant bill. We must do everything we can to make potentially lifesaving procedures as easy and affordable as possible. My legislation would eliminate billing problems so that seniors can stay healthy and protected without taking a hit to their pocketbooks”

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