Colorectal Cancer Isn't Just A Man's Disease

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The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy partnered with The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists on a new campaign aimed at reducing deaths from colorectal cancer among women.

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Colorectal cancer is the No. 2 cancer killer of adults in the US and the third leading cause of cancer death among women in the US, behind lung and breast cancers. ASGE announced the partnership to its physician members last week in Washington, D.C. during Digestive Disease Week(TM).

"As a female doctor, I understand the important relationship between women and their ob-gyns. We know from studies that a doctor's advice is the single most important factor in persuading individuals to be screened. ASGE is excited to partner with ACOG to dispel the myth that colorectal cancer is a man's disease and to deliver the message to women that colorectal cancer is preventable, treatable, and beatable through proper screening," said Grace H. Elta, MD, FASGE, ASGE President.

To promote this important health message, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the Monahan Center and American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) joined ACOG in calling upon ob-gyns to educate their patients about the importance of colon cancer screening. The campaign's educational materials were sent to the ACOG membership nationwide, and

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