AGA and CDC Partner Together to Expand Access to CRC Screening

November 29, 2012

AGA has a unique opportunity for you to use your skills to help prevent cancer in your community. AGA is once again working with the CDC’s state Colorectal Cancer Control Programs (CRCCP) to conduct a screening and awareness event during Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month 2013. The partnership provides a great opportunity for AGA to reach the underserved in select states and to raise awareness of the need for colorectal cancer screening around the country.

We are pleased to inform you that the CRCCP programs in the following states are interested in participating in this exciting screening and awareness event:

Arizona Nevada
Florida New Hampshire
Massachusetts Oregon
Minnesota Pennsylvania
Nebraska Utah

We are in the early stages of organizing the event, which will allow AGA members to provide colonoscopies to uninsured and underinsured individuals, aged 50 and over, who could otherwise not afford this vital service. The state cancer control programs will match gastroenterologists in their areas with patients who are in need of free colonoscopy screenings.

We are looking for AGA members to take part in this exciting program. We hope you will volunteer to provide free colonoscopies in your communities during March 2013; the dates will be coordinated with the CRCCP program. If you would like to take a greater role in the management of the program, we are trying to identify members who are interested in helping to coordinate these efforts by working closely with the CRCCP program

If you are interested in learning more, please contact Aimee Frank, AGA senior director of public relations, either via email, afrank@gastro.org, or phone, 301-941-2620.

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