ASGE CRC Project Recognized by White House Cancer Moonshot Initiative

The White House has just released its latest White House Cancer Moonshot Fact Sheet and ASGE’s signature project on colorectal cancer screening has been featured. The Cancer Moonshot is a White House initiative to bring renewed leadership to the fight against cancer, with the goal of preventing more than 4 million cancer deaths by 2047. ASGE is privileged to be one of a few organizations featured for its contribution to preventing cancer.

The Colorectal Cancer Screening Project, spearheaded by ASGE President, Jennifer Christie, MD, FASGE, is designed to increase the follow-up colonoscopy rate for uninsured and underinsured people who have an abnormal stool-based colorectal cancer (CRC) screening test result. Pilot projects will take place in Georgia and Maryland in the next year, and data collected will be used to develop a playbook and model for the rest of the U.S.

The latest actions outlined in this Fact Sheet are all geared towards strengthening preventive cancer care and expanding accessibility of cancer screenings. This announcement closes out the inaugural National Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Month, established as part of the Cancer Moonshot initiative, to increase awareness and utilization of critical cancer prevention, screening and early detection to improve health outcomes for all Americans.

The ASGE project is made possible by Exact Sciences and additional support from Ironwood Pharmaceuticals and Sebela Pharmaceuticals’ Braintree Laboratories affiliate.


About Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
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.

About the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Since its founding in 1941, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) has been dedicated to advancing patient care and digestive health by promoting excellence and innovation in gastrointestinal endoscopy. ASGE, with almost 16,000 members worldwide, promotes the highest standards for endoscopic training and practice, fosters endoscopic research, recognizes distinguished contributions to endoscopy, and is the foremost resource for endoscopic education. Visit and for more information and to find a qualified doctor in your area.


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