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Date:5/10/2011

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CHICAGO, IL (May 10, 2011) Research being presented at Digestive Disease Week (DDW) continues to show the effectiveness of colonoscopy for the prevention and detection of colorectal cancer. However, studies show that patients in lower socioeconomic groups are less likely to receive care for colorectal disease at high-volume centers, and that ambulatory surgical centers provide safe alternatives to hospitals for performing screening colonoscopies. Additionally, studies emphasize that how screening is administered may determine patient outcomes. DDW is the largest international gathering of physicians and researchers in the field of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery.

"As the third most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., colorectal cancer continues to be a serious public health issue, despite being a disease that can be prevented through screening," said moderator Jerome Waye, MD, FASGE, clinical professor of medicine and director of endoscopic education, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. "As gastroenterologists, we need to continue to improve the way we screen and treat colorectal cancer patients to reduce the associated morbidity and mortality."

Disparities in the Use of Minimally Invasive Surgery for Colorectal Disease (Abstract #305)

Patients in lower socioeconomic groups and under- and uninsured patients are less likely to undergo minimally invasive surgery for colorectal disease at high volume centers, even though high volume centers have improved outcomes for some high-risk surgical procedures, according to a new study from the Baylor College of Medicine. While previous studies have also demonstrated the underuse of newer surgical techniques in lower socioeconomic groups and the underinsured, this study demonstrates that disparities persist even in more urban, high-volume hospital settings.

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