On Monday, March 1st, ACG urged Vice President Joe Biden to promote National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month as well as the multi-stakeholder effort to have 80% of the eligible U.S. population screened for colorectal cancer by 2018. During the January 2016 State of the Union address, President Obama tasked Vice President Biden with leading an increased effort to cure cancer. This “cancer moonshot” initiative is a laudable goal. One way our country can help achieve this goal is to support efforts that actually prevent cancer from occurring in the first place.
Thus, ACG President Kenneth DeVault, MD, FACG and I called upon U.S. Vice President Biden to promote colorectal cancer screening throughout the month of March 2016.
Whitfield L. Knapple, MD, FACG
Chair, ACG National Affairs