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President Declares March 2014 National Colorectal Cancer Awareness


DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., March 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The

American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), American

Gastroenterological Association (AGA) and American Society for

Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) applaud President Barack Obama's

Proclamation designating March 2014 as National Colorectal Cancer

Awareness Month.

In the proclamation, the President noted, "The second leading cause of

cancer deaths in the United States, colorectal cancer claims more than

50,000 American lives each year. Because the odds of survival rise

dramatically when this cancer is caught early, calling attention to it

can save lives. During National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, we

aim to improve public understanding of risk factors and screening

recommendations, reach for better treatments, and set our sights on a


ACG, AGA and ASGE thank Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr., (D-NJ) for his

efforts in securing this Presidential Proclamation. Rep. Payne has

made it his mission to raise awareness about colorectal cancer after

his father, Congressman Donald M. Payne, Sr., lost his fight with

colorectal cancer in 2012.

Each year more than 136,000 people are diagnosed with colorectal

cancer in the United States. The disease, however, is largely

preventable with regular screening and is treatable with early

detection. Of the more than 50,000 people who died of colorectal

cancer in 2013, screening could have saved more than half of them.

Both men and women should undergo testing for the disease beginning at

age 50. People with a high risk for colorectal cancer and those with a

family history should talk with their doctor about being screened at

an earlier age.

There are many tests to screen for colorectal cancer. While other

screening tests can detect colorectal cancer, colonoscopy is the only

screening test that examines the entire colon and can actually prevent

colorectal cancer because precancerous polyps are removed during the

procedure. A 2012 study in the New England Journal of Medicine showed

a 53 percent decline in deaths for patients who underwent colonoscopy

and had precancerous polyps removed.

Unfortunately, screening rates are too low. A 2013 report from the

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that 23 Million

U.S. adults have not had the recommended screenings. The National

Colorectal Roundtable has a goal for 80 percent of adults 50 and over

to get screened by 2018.

The President's Proclamation highlights a profound opportunity to save

lives from this largely preventable disease.

Learn more about colorectal cancer screening at

About The Value of Colonoscopy The Value of Colonoscopy: Saving Lives

Through Expert Care is a partnership of the American College of

Gastroenterology, American Gastroenterological Association and

American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. The three

gastroenterology societies have come together to highlight the value

of colonoscopy in detecting and preventing colorectal cancer and the

gastroenterologists who perform this life-saving procedure. The goal

of the initiative is to ensure access to life-saving colorectal cancer

screening procedures while working together to improve the quality and

affordability of health care for all Americans.

About the American College of Gastroenterology Founded in 1932, the

American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) is an organization with an

international membership of more than 12,000 individuals from 80

countries. The College's vision is to be the pre-eminent professional

organization that champions the evolving needs of clinicians in the

delivery of high quality, evidence-based, and compassionate health

care to gastroenterology patients. The mission of the College is to

advance world-class care for patients with gastrointestinal disorders

through excellence, innovation and advocacy in the areas of scientific

investigation, education, prevention and treatment.

About the AGA Institute The American Gastroenterological Association

is the trusted voice of the GI community. Founded in 1897, the AGA has

grown to include 17,000 members from around the globe who are involved

in all aspects of the science, practice and advancement of

gastroenterology. The AGA Institute administers the practice, research

and educational programs of the organization.

About the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Since its

founding in 1941, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

(ASGE) has been dedicated to advancing patient care and digestive

health by promoting excellence and innovation in gastrointestinal

endoscopy. ASGE, with more than 12,000 members worldwide, promotes the

highest standards for endoscopic training and practice, fosters

endoscopic research, recognizes distinguished contributions to

endoscopy, and is the foremost resource for endoscopic education.

Visit and for more information

and to find a qualified doctor in your area.

Media Contacts: Anne-Louise Oliphant, ACG, Aimee

Frank, AGA, Anne Brownsey, ASGE,

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