Colorectal Cancer Awareness Briefing
Ambulatory Surgery Center Association, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Fight Colorectal Cancer and Stop Colon Cancer Now
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM (EDT)
In observance of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association, in partnership with the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Fight Colorectal Cancer and Stop Colon Cancer Now, will host a briefing on preventing colorectal cancer.
Screenings are the best tool modern medicine has to offer to prevent colorectal cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, colorectal cancer incidence and mortality have declined at an accelerated rate over the past decade, due largely to screenings that result in the detection and removal of potentially precancerous polyps. Still, more than 140,000 Americans will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer this year, and 50,000 will die from the disease.
Due to an oversight in Medicare law, a financial barrier exists that may prevent at-risk beneficiaries from taking advantage of highly effective screenings. Please join us on Wednesday, March 20 to learn more from an expert panel about how colorectal cancer can be prevented and how policymakers can act to remove this financial impediment and ensure that all Medicare beneficiaries have access to vital screening tests.