Our goal: eliminate screening barriers, reduce mortality.
This week, AGA released eight evidence-based principles in Gastroenterology to guide the creation of a national colorectal cancer (CRC) screening approach, which would enable everyone to participate in CRC screening programs without barriers.
“CRC screening saves lives, but only if people get screened. Cost sharing is an important barrier to screening, which contributes to racial, ethnic and socioeconomic inequities in colorectal cancer outcomes. The full cost of screening – including non-invasive tests and follow-up colonoscopies – should be covered without cost to patients,” says David Lieberman, MD, AGAF, chair of the AGA Executive Committee on the Screening Continuum.