frequently asked questions
1. How do I help?
Here are 3 easy ways to get involved with Brooks’s fight against colon cancer:
Be A Bullet Dodger
If you’re under 50 years old and you’ve had a colonoscopy within the last three years, or are willing to pledge to get one within the next year (by March 2020), you’re invited to join Brooks Bell’s Bullet Dodgers, a group of young professionals dedicated to sending the message that colonoscopies are not a big deal and could even save your life
Donate to the colorectal cancer alliance
The Colorectal Cancer Alliance raises awareness of preventive measures; provides support for patients, caregivers, and survivors; and inspires efforts that fund critical research—all to end colorectal cancer in our lifetime.
Get your rear in gear
On March 9, 2019 Brooks Bell and her team will be participating in the Get Your Rear In Gear 5k in Cary, NC to benefit the Colon Cancer Coalition. Learn more and sign up here.
2. Will my insurance cover a colonoscopy?
In the grand scheme of things, a colonoscopy is a pretty simple medical procedure. That said, as with most medical procedures, it can cost you some serious coin.
This article by the American Cancer Society offers up some excellent information about what is and isn’t covered based on current laws and the type of insurance you have.
Of course, the most efficient way to find out this information is to contact your insurance provider directly. They can help you understand the nuances of your coverage and your options.
Are there any alternatives to a colonoscopy?
Yes, there are alternative screening methods recommended by the American Cancer Society. Find out more about these tests.
3. Where can I find out more about Brooks and her story?
Great question. You can read a detailed account of her diagnosis on Medium.
While we can’t promise any future updates at this point, Brooks hopes to continue to share her thoughts as she navigates through chemotherapy and back to full recovery.