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AGA Leaders Spreading CRC Awareness

March 15, 2017

For Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, AGA leaders have taken to social media to help the public understand how to prevent this deadly cancer.

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month is an important time to remind the public that although colorectal cancer is one of the deadliest cancers, it is preventable through screening. The following AGA leaders have been doing their part to spread this message.

  • J. Sumner Bell, MD, AGAF, AGA’s patient initiative advisor, penned a post for the CDC Cancer blog hitting home the point that everyone over the age of 50 needs to be screened. Dr. Bell pulls on language from AGA’s awareness campaign, which calls attention to the generation that now needs to be screened.
  • Earlier this month, Marc B. Sonenshine, MD, a member of the AGA Practice Management & Economics Committee, served as an AGA spokesperson for a WebMD Facebook Live event for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. In the video, available on Facebook, Dr. Sonenshine discusses symptoms of CRC, those who should be screened before age 50, and other pertinent points.
  • Finally, several AGA leaders — including Dr. Bell, AGA Future Leader participants Fola May, MD, PhD, and Peter Liang, MD, MPH, and Nominating Committee Member Deborah A. Fisher, MD, MHS, AGAF — joined AGA for a CRC Twitter chat, sponsored by ABC News. You can view a summary of the chat in the below Storify.

To everyone else who has taken part in Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, we thank you. For more information on AGA’s awareness month campaign, visit crcawareness.gastro.org. You can also visit www.gastro.org/CRC for all AGA resources related to colorectal cancer, which we encourage you to share with the public and your patients.

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