More than one million people in the U.S. are survivors of
, thanks to better
improvements, according to the American Cancer Society. Nevertheless, colorectal cancer remains the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S., and is expected to kill 50,830 Americans in 2013.
Cigna (NYSE:CI) has been working for the past eight years to turn the tide against colorectal cancer with its award-winning
Colorectal Cancer Screening Program
. The battle continues this year as the company rolls out an enhanced program in March that will reach two million people who are due for screening, through a combination of targeted online messages and direct mail.
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Approximately 300,000 newly eligible individuals covered by a Cigna medical plan who are 50 to 64 years of age, and whose claims data indicate they have not had a colorectal cancer screening, will receive information in the mail about appropriate
screening tests, including
. In addition, they will be offered the opportunity to request the InSure® FIT™ screening kit, an easy and convenient at-home test that is sensitive at detecting abnormalities in the lower gastrointestinal tract. Cigna has made an arrangement with Quest Diagnostics (NYSE: DGX) to provide the test kit at no charge, and the laboratory processing fees are covered as a preventive benefit under most Cigna plans. Visit
for more information about the test.
Eleven thousand Cigna customers who, based on Cigna claims data, completed either the at-home kit or a fecal occult blood test (FOBT) in the last three years and did not have a follow-up colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy, have been selected to receive an InSure® FIT™ kit this year.
In addition, all Cigna customers who are age 50 to 64 will see a targeted message about colon cancer screening and the InSure® FIT™ kit whenever they logon to the company’s customer web portal, myCigna.com, between the last week of March and May 30. That means customers using the web portal for common online activities such as finding a doctor, refilling a prescription, taking a health assessment, checking on coverage or reviewing a claim will be exposed to this potentially life-saving message.