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Gastroenterologists Applaud Kennedy-Hutchinson Bill's Renewal of War on Cancer
Date:3/26/2009

Strategies to Address Rare GI Cancers and Colorectal Screening Among Key Provisions

BETHESDA, Md., March 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American College of Gastroenterology and its more than 10,000 physician members congratulate Senator Edward Kennedy and Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson today for the introduction of "21st Century Cancer ALERT (Access to Life-Saving Early detection, Research and Treatment) Act" and their vow to renew the war on cancer. The bill would help focus the national scientific agenda on tackling deadly rare and ultra-rare cancers, including pancreas and esophagus cancers, while bringing much-needed resources to the major public health challenge of colorectal cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States although highly preventable through proven screening strategies.

"As the physicians on the front line of diagnosing life-threatening malignancies of the GI tract and digestive organs, we know first hand the devastation of cancers of the digestive system, particularly colorectal, esophageal and pancreatic cancers. We recognize Senator Kennedy and Senator Hutchinson for their leadership against these cancers, but particularly commend their targeted approach to increase use of preventive colorectal screening tests among low-income, uninsured Americans," said Eamonn Quigley, M.D., FACG, President of the American College of Gastroenterology.

Despite all the recent progress in raising public awareness of colorectal cancer prevention, significant barriers remain to utilization of screening tests, particularly for the uninsured. The Kennedy-Hutchinson cancer bill provides meaningful strategies to partner with states through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with the aim of increasing use of colorectal cancer screening tests.

"This bill supports grants to states which screen patients for colorectal cancer by providing fin
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