Released on Mar 22, 2021

ASGE Condemns Attacks Against Asian Americans

ASGE is deeply saddened by the deadly attacks in Georgia and outraged by the violence against Asian Americans across the nation. The unfortunate reality is that thousands of hate crimes directed at Asian Americans have been reported since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. These events have shattered the sense of security throughout the Asian American community. Xenophobia and racist behavior in this country has no place and must end.

ASGE stands in solidarity with its Asian American and Pacific Islander members and is committed to ending policies and practices that promote or perpetuate racial, ethnic and gender bias in our profession, in medicine and in our health care system.

Klaus Mergener, MD, PhD, MBA, FASGE
ASGE President

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Gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures allow the gastroenterologist to visually inspect the upper gastrointestinal tract (esophagus, stomach and duodenum) and the lower bowel (colon and rectum) through an endoscope, a thin, flexible device with a lighted end and a powerful lens system. Endoscopy has been a major advance in the treatment of gastrointestinal diseases. For example, the use of endoscopes allows the detection of ulcers, cancers, polyps and sites of internal bleeding. Through endoscopy, tissue samples (biopsies) may be obtained, areas of blockage can be opened and active bleeding can be stopped. Polyps in the colon can be removed, which has been shown to prevent colon cancer.

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