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Fight Colorectal Cancer and the Collaborative Group of Americas on Inherited Gastrointestinal Cancer Unite During Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

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In a joint effort to address the rising prevalence of early-onset colorectal cancer, the Collaborative Group of the Americas on Inherited Gastrointestinal Cancer (CGA-IGC) and Fight Colorectal

Cancer (Fight CRC) are teaming up during Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month this March.


For the third consecutive year, Fight CRC is shining a spotlight on the issue at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., alongside hundreds of colorectal cancer advocates. From March 9-22, 2024, 27,400 blue flags will blanket the National Lawn, representing the projected number of colorectal cancer cases in individuals under age 50 in the year 2030.


CGA-IGC members are joining the cause by displaying blue flags in their front yards, extending the awareness campaign to local communities.


“While we have made progress in reducing the rate of colorectal cancer in those age 50 and older, addressing the persistently increasing rates of early-onset colorectal cancer remains an urgent priority.  We know that hereditary colorectal cancer syndromes are responsible for a subset of these early-onset colorectal cancers. However, there is much about the risk factors and biology of these cancers that we do not understand and are, therefore, in need of additional research. 
The CGA-IGC is eager to continue collaborating with Fight CRC to increase research and awareness of early-onset colorectal cancer, promote prevention and early detection amongst at-risk young people, and ultimately prevent morbidity and mortality from early-onset colorectal cancer.” 
Bryson Katona, MD, PhD, CGA-IGC President

 

A recent report from the American Cancer Society (ACS) reveals that colorectal cancer has become the leading cancer killer in men under 50 and ranks second for young women, just behind breast cancer.


The collaboration between CGA-IGC and Fight CRC underscores the critical need for increased research and awareness surrounding early-onset colorectal cancer.



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About CGA-IGC 

The Collaborative Group of the Americas on Inherited Gastrointestinal Cancer strives to improve our understanding of the science and clinical management of inherited gastrointestinal cancers, which includes colorectal cancer, through research, education, and collaborations and aims to eliminate the associated morbidity and early mortality.  Learn more at cgaigc.com.  CGA-IGC is proud to collaborate with Fight CRC during Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month to support its fight to cure colorectal cancer. 


About Fight Colorectal Cancer

Fight Colorectal Cancer (Fight CRC) is a leading patient-empowerment and advocacy organization in the United States, providing balanced and objective information on colon and rectal cancer research, treatment, and policy. We are relentless champions of hope, focused on funding promising, high-impact research endeavors while equipping advocates to influence legislation and policy for the collective good. Learn more at FightCRC.org.

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