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CRC Rates Down 30 Percent

March 20, 2014

The American Cancer Society just announced that colorectal cancer (CRC) mortality rates have dropped 30 percent in the U.S. in the last decade among adults 50 and older. This great news comes in concurrence with several important CRC awareness initiatives focused on increasing screening rates.

Colorectal cancer (CRC) awareness month is in full swing and we're happy to report on great momentum for increasing screening rates.

  • Earlier this week, the American Cancer Society (ACS) released a new study in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians reporting that CRC incidence rates have dropped 30 percent in the U.S. in the last 10 years among adults 50 and older. This positive news is primarily due to the widespread uptake of CRC screening. The report found that colonoscopy use has almost tripled among adults ages 50 to 75, from 19 percent in 2000 to 55 percent in 2010.
  • ACS released this article, and its companion report, Colorectal Cancer Facts & Figures, as part of a new initiative by the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable to increase CRC screening rates to 80 percent by 2018. AGA has signed on as a supporter and we encourage you to pledge your support today.
  • AGA members Joel V. Brill, MD, AGAF, and Carla Ginsburg, MD, AGAF, and staff (pictured) attended a special White House tour along with other CRC advocates to commemorate National CRC Awareness Month, which President Obama officially proclaimed on Feb. 28. AGA is grateful for this proclamation, which highlights the importance of screening to help combat this preventable disease. 
  • AGA has joined with ACG and ASGE on an important initiative to further highlight the value of colonoscopy and the gastroenterologists who perform this life-saving procedure. Visit valueofcolonoscopy.org to learn more.

AGA will continue to work with the GI community and the current administration to ensure that all patients continue to have access to lifesaving CRC screenings.

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