The Calls to Congress are done – for now, but Support of H.R. 4120 still needed

Seniors’ access to a screening colonoscopy is at risk and YOU can help! We need you to continue to add your voice and urge your Representative to support H.R. 4120! Simply submit an Action Alert. H.R. 4120, the Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act of 2012, will fix a regulation that requires Medicare beneficiaries to pay…  Read More

CBS Early Show Anchor Harry Smith to Have Colonoscopy On-Air

Anchor Harry Smith will have a colonoscopy live on the CBS Early Show March 10.  He plans to tell viewers about the procedure while it is happening. Evening News anchor and managing editor Katie Couric will be with Smith during the colonoscopy and as he prepares for it the night before. Gastroenterologist Dr. Mark Pochapin will…  Read More

Colonoscopy Prevents Cancers in Left Side of Colon

While colonoscopy is effective in preventing cancers and advanced polyps in the lower part of the colon and rectum, it is less successful in stopping them in the right side or upper colon. Looking back at almost 3,300 colonoscopies performed in community gastroenterology practices in Germany, researchers found a substantial reduction in large polyps or cancers…  Read More

Gastroenterology Meeting Highlights

ACG Annual Meeting 2009 Brief Reports The American College of Gastroenterology held its Annual Scientific Meeting in San Diego from October 23 – 28, 2009 in San Diego.  Research reported during the meeting included how videorecordings of colonoscopy improved quality tests, the effectiveness of a drug that reduces constipation from opiate drugs, and support for guidelines…  Read More

President Obama: Colonoscopies Save Money and Lives

In his speech before a joint session of Congress on September 9, 2009, President Obama called out colorectal cancer screening as saving both money and lives.  To applause from listening members of Congress, he said: And insurance companies will be required to cover, with no extra charge, routine checkups and preventive care, like mammograms and colonoscopies because…  Read More