Colorectal Cancer Advocates at the White House

Advocates from the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, the American Cancer Society, ACG, AGA, ASGE, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, and Fight Colorectal Cancer at the White House.

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A Public Health Success Story:

Gastroenterologist Mark B. Pochapin, M.D. wrote an article for the Huffington Post on the public health victory on the incidence of colon cancer dropping by approximately 30 percent over the past decade in men and women age 50 or older.

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Need for Cancer Screening

Value of Colonoscopy initiative featured in The Hill on March 25, 2014.

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Expertise for Complex, Life-Saving Care

Gastroenterologists receive training for three or more years, including specialized training in endoscopy, preparing them to perform complex medical procedures such as colonoscopies.

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Progress and Challenges in Reducing Colorectal Cancer

Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh and a team of gastroenterologists urged members of Congress for renewed emphasis on colorectal cancer screening.

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Value of Colonoscopy

Saving Lives Through Expert Care

March marks National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, making it the perfect time to celebrate colorectal cancer screening’s public health success story.  Thanks to colonoscopy screening – which can prevent colorectal cancer by removing precancerous polyps – fewer people than ever before are developing or dying from colorectal cancer.

The procedure is also saving the U.S. healthcare system billions of dollars. The cost of treating advanced colorectal cancer is considerable: more than $250,000 per patient. In a study completed for the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, experts found that the colonoscopy screening model translates into Medicare savings of $15 billion annually.

While impressive progress has been made in the area of colorectal cancer screening, much still remains to be done. Of the more than 50,000 people who died of colorectal cancer in 2013, screening could have saved more than half of them. 

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