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Date:2/25/2009

reintroduce legislation this month that she authored in the 110th Congress, the Colorectal Cancer Early Detection, Prevention and Treatment Act, which would establish a life-saving program to fight colorectal cancer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) similar to the Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program. The bill would establish a program to provide colorectal cancer screenings and treatment for individuals between the ages of 50 and 64 or those high-risk individuals under age 50. Additionally, the bill would prioritize screening and treatment for low-income, uninsured and underinsured individuals, as well as ensure the full continuum of care for individuals screened, including appropriate follow-up, diagnostic and therapeutic services, and treatment for detected cancers.

The AGA supports the Colorectal Cancer Early Detection, Prevention and Treatment Act and believes it will not only prevent more cases of colorectal cancer, but also lead to cost savings for Medicare and our health-care system. We urge Congress to enact this legislation. To show support for this bill, visit the AGA advocacy page at http://capwiz.com/gastro/home/ to contact local legislators.

AGA Members Give Back

Around the country, AGA members are giving back to their communities by offering free colonoscopies to uninsured and underinsured Americans. In Massachusetts, the AGA Institute is collaborating with the New England chapter of the American Cancer Society and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to host the first Massachusetts Free Colonoscopy Day. Nine medical centers in and around Boston are participating to provide free colonoscopies to low income uninsured adults age 50 and over identified by the Department of Public Health Women's Health Network and Men's Health Partnership.


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Contact: Aimee Frank
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301-941-2620
American Gastroenterological Association
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