The American College of Radiology, Colon Cancer Alliance and Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance will host an informational briefing session on Monday, March 9, at 2:30 p.m. to discuss the importance of increasing colon cancer screenings.

Held at the United States Capitol Building, the event will also highlight important technologies that assist in colon cancer detection, including virtual colonoscopy and it aims to explain the role that Medicare plays in facilitating the screening and treatment of colon cancer.

Furthermore, speakers plan to address existing barriers to colon cancer screening compliance, particularly among aged, non-white and low-income populations. They will discuss how Medicare coverage of virtual colonoscopy would break down those screening barriers.

More than 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer every year, and nearly 50,000 die because it is detected too late, according to the societies. Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in the United States, despite having a 90% cure rate when detected early.
The session will take place in Room HC-8 of the United States Capitol Building, located at East Capitol Street, NE, and 1st Street, NE, in Washington, D.C.

Speakers will include J. Leonard Lichtenfeld, MD, MACP, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, national office of American Cancer Society, Beth McFarland, Chair of Colon Cancer Committee, American College of Radiology, Ilyse Schuman, Managing Director, Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance, Andrew Spiegel, CEO, Colon Cancer Alliance, Amy Patrick, MD, Managing Partner, Mid-Atlantic GI Consultants, and Mark J. Baumel, MD, MS, Founder, President and CEO, Colon Health Centers of America, LLC.

For more information, please contact Adrienne Caruso, at (202) 585-2024 or [email protected].