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CDC and AGA Join Forces to Bring CRC Screening to the Uninsured

March 28, 2013

During National Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Awareness Month, more than 25 AGA members have partnered with local CDC programs to screen uninsured patients for CRC. For the second year, AGA is coordinating with the CDC to promote free colonoscopies and the importance of CRC screening.

During National Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Awareness Month, CDC and AGA have joined forces for the second year to promote free colonoscopies for uninsured patients. To bring this lifesaving test to patients who would not otherwise have access, more than 25 AGA members partnered with CDC’s Colorectal Cancer Control Programs (CRCCP) throughout March to screen patients in five states: Florida, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Washington.

“CRC is largely preventable, through screening. It’s important for men and women to get screened, beginning at 50,” said Marcus Plescia, MD, MPH, director of CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control. He continued, “Through the Colorectal Cancer Control Program grantees and AGA volunteers, we are able to offer important and life-saving screening to more people. The CDC is proud of its work with AGA to support and promote CRC screening.”

Health departments in participating states work with local primary care providers to identify patients, conduct health assessments and schedule the eligible patients for appointments for their colonoscopy procedures with AGA members and their support staff providing free services for the event.

In 2012, AGA gastroenterologists, CRCCP programs and their partners in seven states provided colonoscopies to more than 200 patients. Of the patients screened, approximately half had at least one polyp and a total of 215 polyps were removed. Five patients were diagnosed with cancer and all are received appropriate treatment.

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