Alexandria, VA, August 17, 2015 – The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) partnered with US Representative David Scott (D-GA) during his 11th Annual Health Fair in Jonesboro, Georgia, August 15, to increase awareness about the importance of undergoing regular colonoscopies.
Representative Scott’s health fair attracts more than 2,000 of his constituents each year and provides participants with critical preventive care services such as clinical breast cancer exams, prostate cancer screenings, HIV/AIDS assessment and vision and dental exams. This year, ASCA encouraged participants to undergo regular colonoscopies. Physicians who were also on site discussed the steps involved in the procedure.
“ASCA has long been an advocate for the early detection of colorectal cancer,” said William Prentice, chief executive officer of ASCA. “We are pleased to participate and thank Representative Scott for the opportunity.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), deaths from colorectal cancer have declined for more than two decades, mostly due to increased screenings, including colonoscopies and other tests. Colorectal cancer is preventable if detected early. Unfortunately, it continues to kill 50,000 Americans each year and is the leading cause of cancer death among nonsmokers. The CDC estimates that if all precancerous polyps were identified and removed before becoming cancerous, the number of new colorectal cancer cases could be reduced by 76 to 90 percent.
Ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) play a vital role in ensuring patient access to preventive measures, such as colonoscopies, in a convenient and cost-effective setting. Today, ASCs perform more than 40 percent of colonoscopies covered by Medicare. They have the capacity to do more. When these life-saving procedures are performed in ASCs, both the Medicare program and its beneficiaries save money.