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Winter 2012 Newsletter

Not All Colonoscopies Are Created Equal

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

Colonoscopies are performed as a method of screening for colorectal cancer by removing polyps before they have a chance to become cancer. In this Q&A, PCC Board Chair, Dr. Steven Morris provides guidance on some basic questions a patient may want to ask before scheduling this screening.

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PCC Seeks Champions of Colon Cancer Prevention

Champion Awards
Preventing Colorectal Cancer is seeking nominations for the second annual Champion Awards Program to recognize individuals, groups and companies that provide either exceptionally high standards of care or who most effectively advocate for the prevention and early detection of colorectal cancer.

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New Genomic Testing Option Available in 2012

Stage II Colorectal Cancer patients can make evidence-based treatment decisions based on the Mismatch Repair (MMR) status of their tumor. The status can lend additional information on patient’s individual prognosis.

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Legislative Corner: 2012 Appropriations Bill Gets Higher Marks

PCC is pleased to report that the appropriations bill that passed in December 2011 will fund the federal government through the remainder of the 2012 fiscal year. The bill includes a small funding increase of nearly $300 million for the National Institutes of Health which has performed studies trying to pinpoint exactly how to get more people to get screened for colon cancer.

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In the News

  • An Aspirin a Day May Help Prevent CRC for High-Risk People
  • Medicare Study Confirms Colonoscopy’s Cancer Prevention Power
  • One Third of Cancers Caused by Lifestyle Factors
  • Men More Likely to Skip Cancer Screenings
  • Colon Cancer Prognosis Worse for the Obese, Type 2 Diabetics

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