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2017 Emily Couric Memorial Lecture: Colorectal Cancer: Polyps, Prevention, and Progress

The American Journal of Gastroenterology (2018) | Download Citation



Colorectal cancer remains the second-leading cause of cancer death in the United States—but efforts over the past two decades have resulted in tremendous progress in understanding the biology of how this disease develops, increasing screening rates, and decreasing incidence and mortality in those age 50 years and older. The drivers of this movement have been outstanding leadership, innovation, and collaboration. As we move forward to tackle issues such as the increasing incidence of this disease in younger adults, the need to address disparities in care and outcomes, and our shared goal to reach 80% screening rates, it’s important to understand and appreciate the story of our past success in order to advance our future efforts.

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