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Help ASGE Catch a Killer – Send a Colorectal Cancer Screening e-Card!

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Oak Brook, Ill. March 1, 2011 www.screen4coloncancer.org

The ASGE has created two new e-Cards this year that remind the recipient to get screened and contain basic facts about colorectal cancer prevention. Each e-Card can be personalized by the sender.

Colorectal cancer, also referred to as colon cancer, is one of the most preventable cancers because the majority of colorectal cancers arise from precancerous growths in the colon called polyps, which can be found during a screening exam and removed before they turn into cancer. Colorectal cancer is considered a silent killer because often there are no symptoms until it is too late to treat. Age is the single most important risk factor for the disease, so even people who lead a healthy lifestyle can still develop polyps and cancer.  Both men and women are affected by colorectal cancer equally. The ASGE recommends screening begin at age 50; sooner if there is a family history of polyps, colorectal cancer or other risk factors. Some experts suggest African-Americans should begin screening at age 45.

Colonoscopy is considered the preferred screening test because it is a preventive exam: it is the only test that both finds and removes precancerous polyps during the same exam.  A person at average risk with normal colonoscopy results won’t need another exam for 10 years. Should a polyp or cancer be found, screening intervals may be more frequent. Talk to you doctor about an appropriate screening schedule and which screening option is best for you.

www.screen4coloncancer.org

Join ASGE’s "Peter and Polly Polyp" Facebook page and spread the word to your friends about colorectal cancer prevention. Colorectal cancer is preventable, treatable and beatable!

About the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

www.asge.org www.screen4coloncancer.org

About Endoscopy

Endoscopy is performed by specially-trained physicians called endoscopists using the most current technology to diagnose and treat diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. Using flexible, thin tubes called endoscopes, endoscopists are able to access the human digestive tract without incisions via natural orifices. Endoscopes are designed with high-intensity lighting and fitted with precision devices that allow viewing and treatment of the gastrointestinal system.

Media Contact: Anne Brownsey

(630) 570-5635

[email protected]

American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

P (630) 573-0600

F (630) 573-0691

www.asge.org

www.screen4coloncancer.org

SOURCE American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

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