The History of Colonoscopy

Steven Morris

Steven J. Morris, MD, FACP
PCC Board Chair President, Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates


Since colorectal cancer was first identified, medical technology has improved by leaps and bounds to bring screenings and treatments to where they are today. Find out more about the history of colorectal cancer screening from PCC’s board chair.

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Issue Brief #7: Take Advantage of the ACA’s Preventive Care Clause

Blue Ribbon

Colonoscopy screening is now a mandated benefit for insurance plans due to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. What do you need to know and do in order to increase screening rates and reduce the incidence of colorectal cancer?

Part of an ongoing series from Preventing Colorectal Cancer, this issue brief sheds light on recent updates to coverage and what can be done in order to increase screening rates for CRC. Find out what you need to know!

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Issue Brief #8: Sneak Preview!

Over the past several years, drug shortages have become an increasingly severe problem for those working in the health care industry, as well as for patients who depend on pharmaceuticals every day. More and more hospitals and physicians are having difficulty finding adequate supplies of drugs to meet the needs of their patients. Some of the medicines that have seen supply problems are those used in colorectal cancer screening colonoscopies.

Part of an ongoing series from Preventing Colorectal Cancer, this issue brief sheds light on drugs shortages and the steps to make the FDA more proactive and responsive to ongoing supply issues.
To request a copy of the issue brief, please email info@preventingcolorectalcancer.org.

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Legislative Roundup

From the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), federal research budget cuts, and grandfathered health plans, to individual state actions regarding health care coverage, many issues have the potential to affect Preventing Colorectal Cancer’s mission: To educate the public and key stakeholders about the opportunities to reduce the incidence of colorectal cancer by promoting optimal screening and therapeutic care for patients and clinicians. Find out more about the latest legislation taking place on the Hill.

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In the News


  • Colon Cancer Screening Helps After Age 75
  • Screening Has Prevented Half a Million CRCs
  • Maximizing Bowel Prep for Colonoscopy: The Patient Component
  • Study Links Heavy Antibiotic Use to Risk for CRC
  • Call on Congress

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We Need Your Help!

Preventing Colorectal Cancer’s mission is to educate the public and key stakeholders about the opportunities to reduce the incidence of colorectal cancer by promoting optimal screening and therapeutic care for patients and clinicians.

We want you to join us and embrace the mindset that together we can make a difference in redefining the standard of care, campaigning for transparency in reimbursement methodologies, and fighting for the coverage of sedation during colonoscopies.