ASGE Encourages Colorectal Cancer Screenings

The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy is encouraging HMA members to visit the ASGE ‘Colorectal Cancer Screening Appropriate Use’ web page and download some great patient education
resources, including a printable office/practice poster, and patient letter templates.

ASGE Immediate-Past President Douglas Rex, MD, MASGE, explains, “More than 30 percent of U.S. adults aren’t getting screened for colon cancer and it’s a disease that has a 90 percent survival rate when detected early. Further, most cancers can be prevented through polyp removal at colonoscopy. So, this campaign will save many lives.”

Today, colorectal cancer screening is recommended to begin at 45 years of age and screening options include colonoscopy, fecal immunochemical test (FIT) and MT-sDNA (Cologuard). Dr. Rex stresses that, “It is crucial for physicians to help their patients understand which colorectal cancer screening option is appropriate for them, keeping in mind that this can vary for each individual based on their history and risk factors.”

Visit to download ASGE’s Colorectal Cancer Screening Appropriate Use resources for physicians. Physicians can refer their patients to for an easy-to-understand infographic on the appropriate screening test.

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