President Obama Declares March National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

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The American College of Gastroenterology, American Gastroenterological Association and American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy announced that President Barack Obama declared March 2014 as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

The ACG, AGA and ASGE applaud Representative Donald M. Payne Jr., (D-N.J.) for his work in securing the presidential proclamation.

The GI societies stress the importance of colorectal cancer screening, the rate of which is below recommendations. The National Colorectal Roundtable has set a goal to see 80 percent of adults 50 and over get screened by 2018.

"During National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, we aim to improve public understanding of risk factors and screening recommendations, reach for better treatments and set our sights on a cure," said President Obama, according to the report.

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