Congressmen commit to reducing barriers to colorectal cancer screening | ACG Note | Colon cancer patient works to raise awareness, promote screening
March 20, 2015
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From Stanley K. Fergus and the American College of Gastroenterology

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Congressmen commit to reducing barriers to colorectal cancer screening
Members of Congress committed to fighting colorectal cancer, including Reps. Mike Fitzpatrick, R-Pa.; Joe Courtney, D-Conn.; Charlie Dent, R-Pa.; Donald Payne Jr., D-N.J.; and Leonard Lance, R-N.J., said they "want to make sure every American has access to critical -- and potentially lifesaving -- cancer screenings. That means removing detrimental roadblocks that could keep someone from receiving the treatment they need." Read more.
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Dr. Kathy Bull-Henry
ACG note: ACG Governor for the District of Columbia, Kathy Bull-Henry, M.D., FACG, speaks during the Fight Colorectal Cancer Capitol Hill Briefing on Wednesday. The briefing featured key policymakers and patient advocates who addressed the impact of colorectal cancer, the importance of increasing screening rates and the role legislators must play in this initiative.
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Colon cancer patient works to raise awareness, promote screening
Receiving a colon cancer diagnosis was a shock to Diann Hartman, who had faithfully maintained a healthy diet and exercise regimen for years. Even though Hartman considers herself a private person, the Hawaii resident has been active in raising awareness about colorectal cancer by encouraging people to get a screening colonoscopy and know their family history. The Garden Island (Lihue, Hawaii) (3/18)
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Get It Right: Pricing Strategies That Work
Many entrepreneurs hope for success by offering low prices, while in fact most world-class entrepreneurs succeed by setting higher prices. If you're not exactly sure which pricing strategy will work for your business, these 6 steps can help you set your company's prices for success. Read the exclusive article now.

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Obesity may increase women's lifetime cancer risk by 40%
A Cancer Research UK study found a 40% greater risk of developing at least one of the seven weight-related cancer types among obese women compared with their slimmer counterparts. For every 1,000 obese U.K. women, 274 are likely to get one of the cancers, including bowel, gallbladder, pancreatic and esophageal cancer, compared with 194 among women of a healthy weight. HealthDay News (3/17)
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Time and Attendance: The Core of Managing and Measuring Your Workforce
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Dietitian supports vegetarian meat alternatives to help prevent colon cancer
Many people are not aware that colon cancer is linked strongly to diet, and specifically to red and processed meats, writes dietitian Julieanna Hever. She suggests switching to vegetarian meats, which have been improved over the past decade and now are found at major grocery stores. U.S. News & World Report (3/16)
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Gluten-free label guidelines make it easier to avoid gluten, dietitian says
The FDA's gluten-free label regulations require all food ingredients that come from a gluten source or contain gluten to be identified, registered dietitian Jennifer Dunavan writes. Labels also must state that wheat ingredients included in a gluten-free product have been processed to bring them in compliance with FDA requirements, Dunavan writes. Fremont Tribune (Neb.) (3/17)
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Diagnosis & Treatment
Analysis: Sofosbuvir-based HCV therapies more cost-effective for certain genotypes
Data analysis of hepatitis C treatments showed a sofosbuvir-based regimen may be the most clinically efficient and cost-effective therapy for patients with genotype 1 and possibly genotype 3 infection. The analysis compared clinical and cost factors for a variety of treatments for HCV genotypes 1, 2 and 3 and found there is a potential to improve outcomes and reduce health costs if drug prices decrease. Healio (free registration)/HCV Next (3/17)
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Study links colon cancer-prevention benefits of NSAIDs to genetics
A multinational study suggests genetics may affect whether nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs reduce the risk of colorectal cancer. Researchers said regular use of NSAIDs generally leads to lower colon cancer risk, but data showed 9% of people with variations of the rs16973225 gene had no positive effect from taking them, and 4% of people who have two rare variations of the rs2965667 gene had an increased colon cancer risk with regular NSAID use. HealthDay News (3/17)
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Policy Watch
16.4M gain health coverage under ACA, HHS reports
Since the Affordable Care Act began to take effect in 2010, 16.4 million uninsured people have obtained coverage through its provisions in what HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell called "the largest reduction in the uninsured in four decades." The nation's uninsurance rate for adults fell from 20% in October 2013 to 13% this month. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/16), The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (3/16), The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (3/16)
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House, Senate budget plans calls for Medicare cuts
A budget proposal from Senate Republicans includes greater cost reductions for Medicare than a House plan released Tuesday, but would not convert the program into a voucherlike system for future retirees. The Senate plan would cut $431 billion from Medicare over a 10-year period. Yahoo/The Associated Press (3/19)
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Patient's Perspective
Being prepared for ostomy leaks
"Leaks are a part of living with an ostomy. But with a little preparation and keeping a level head, it doesn’t have to be something to live in fear of happening. Listen to your body, pay attention to how your stomach and surrounding area feels and you’ll learn when things don’t quite feel right." -- blog post from Stephanie on
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The Last Word
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Don't let IBS ruin your day: Take control of your symptoms
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Stanley K. Fergus
Gastroenterolgy Associates of West Tennessee
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Memphis, TN 38105

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