Fight CRC President to Speak at International Meeting Focused on EAO CRC


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On September 2, Fight Colorectal Cancer (Fight CRC) President, Anjee Davis will speak on the patient perspective at the Delphi Recommendations on Early-Age Onset Colorectal Cancer (DIRECt) meeting in Milan, Italy, organized by Gastroenterology and Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Unit, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, San Raffaele Scientific Institute in Milan, and Fondazione Internazionale Menarini. This meeting is focused on the path to improve diagnosis and clinical management for early-age onset colorectal cancer (EAO CRC).  

“Experts project that in the United States by 2030, colorectal cancer will become the leading cause of cancer-related deaths for people ages 20–49, making early detection and treatment vital steps in improving outcomes for those with colorectal cancer,” said Fight CRC president Anjee Davis. “A big part of our Path to a Cure report is addressing EAO CRC, improving treatment and addressing quality of life. This is 100% a global issue. We are excited to be at an international meeting focused on accelerating research and improving outcomes for EAO CRC patients.”

The increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in those ages 50 and under has created urgency for this multidisciplinary international group (DIRECt) to convene to develop evidence-based recommendations for the management of EAO CRC. 

The DIRECt group produced 28 statements in seven areas of interest: diagnosis, screening, genetics, pathology-oncology, endoscopy, therapy and end-stage disease. These are the first evidence-based consensus recommendations on EAO CRC. 

On June 30, 2022, Fight CRC and Dr. José Perea García of Madrid, Spain, co-hosted the inaugural Early-Age Onset Colorectal Cancer Symposium. More than 300 researchers, advocacy groups and physicians met to discuss the implications of rapidly rising rates of EAO CRC. The DIRECt group will continue conversations happening around this global issue. 

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