National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men and women combined in the U.S., yet the disease is curable 90% of the time when detected early.

The National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance (NCCRA) was established in March 2000 by Katie Couric, Lilly Tartikoff, and EIF. The goals were to fund research to develop better tests, treatments, and ultimately a cure, as well as to promote the life-saving value of screening. In 2017, the NCCRA’s research portfolio was formally integrated into Stand Up To Cancer with the establishment of an SU2C Colon Cancer Dream Team, but NCCRA awareness efforts continue

Impact

Identified over 50 genes linked to colorectal cancer

Developed genetic test to find people who can lower their risk of colon cancer by taking aspirin

Contributed to a 20% increase in screening