Presidents of GI Societies React to NYT Article
The GI community continues to react to The New York Times article on colonoscopy last week. Leaders of ASGE, ACG and AGA have communicated following the publication and have expressed a mutual commitment to clarifying for the public that colonoscopy is the best preventive test, its use has been lifesaving, it is generally considered cost effective, it is widely endorsed by the USPTF and American Cancer Society among others, and that it is recommended because it is in the best interests of our patients. Each society immediately responded directly to the Times and we are exploring ways to work together longer term. Colonoscopy is one of gastroenterologists’ most valuable tools. Since 1998 when Medicare began covering colorectal cancer screening, we have together saved hundreds of thousands of lives through early detection and treatment of colorectal cancer.