Topeka, Kan. (Feb. 23, 2011)– and the Kansas Association of Gastroenterologists (KAGI) are proud to partner with Governor Sam Brownback to proclaim March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in Kansas. Governor Brownback will issue the proclamation on Friday, February 25, at 9:50 a.m. at the Kansas Statehouse.

Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among Kansans. That’s why it’s important to educate state residents that screening is prevention. Anyone who is 50 or older, African American and 45 or older or has a family history of colon cancer or polyps should be screened.

“When colon cancer is caught early, patients have a 90 percent chance of survival,” said Dr. Shekhar Challa, member of Kansas and KAGI. “A colonoscopy is the most effective method of screening for colon cancer, because it allows both diagnosis and treatment at the same time. We want to make sure every Kansan is aware of ways to protect themselves and their families from this potentially deadly disease.”

Currently, Kansas ranks 20th in the nation for colon cancer screening rates. and KAGI want to increase awareness and screening procedures throughout the state, because it can save lives. Kansas and KAGI are proud to partner with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Kansas Cancer Partnership, American Cancer Society, and the Heartland Regional Society of Gastroenterology Nurses in this important effort. Call the American Cancer Society’s toll free number, 1-800-ACS-2345, to talk with a trained specialist about colon cancer and resources in Kansas. To find a KAGI screening facility in Kansas, visit

About Kansas Association of Gastroenterologists (KAGI)
Kansas Association of Gastroenterologists (KAGI) is a nonprofit group of Kansas-area gastroenterologists who are working together in a focused and unified fashion to increase the awareness of colorectal cancer screening. Their goal is to educate the public about the life-saving benefits of having a screening colonoscopy at age 50 and eliminate the 1,440 cases of colorectal cancer cases that are diagnosed each year in Kansas.

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