Celebrates March Gladness; Encourages First-Time Patients to Schedule Colon Cancer Screenings

National Screening Day is March 8, 2013

Mar 06, 2013, 13:48 ET from

NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- This March, hopes to encourage people to rally around their health in the same way that they rally around their favorite college basketball team. We are asking folks 50 and over to celebrate a little March Gladness of their own by scheduling their first colonoscopy. And to help them get in the game, is championing National Colon Cancer Screening Day on March 8, 2013 in an effort to get 2,013 first-time patients screened for colon cancer.

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Nearly 40 percent of at-risk Americans are not getting screened for colon cancer. But patients who catch it in the earliest stage have a 90 percent chance of survival. So why wait? This is the perfect time for those 50 or more years old (45 years of age and older for African Americans) or for those who have a family history of polyps or colon cancer, to make that appointment. It's a total slam dunk.

"Taking care of your health is the greatest expression of gladness you can make and a colonoscopy is one of the most important, proactive steps an individual 50 or over can take," said Dr. John Popp, Medical Advisor to  "Colonoscopy is the most effective method of screening for colon cancer- during the procedure, precancerous polyps can be detected and removed before they develop into cancer.  The message is clear: a colonoscopy can save your life."

For more information about National Colon Cancer Screening Day or to schedule your first colonoscopy, visit

About is a community of more than 1,000 physicians who have joined forces to promote education and awareness about colon cancer screening and prevention. AmSurg, provider of approximately one in every 10 colonoscopies in the United States, launched the campaign in 2009 as part of its commitment to provide the highest level of care and information to people at risk for colon cancer. For more information on colon cancer and the importance of screening, visit

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