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Dr Indran Indrakrishnan meets with legislators during Colorectal Cancer Awareness month- March
March is considered as the Colorectal Cancer Awareness month and many activities and public seminars are held locally and nationally to improve the public awareness of the colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is an easily preventable, detectable and treatable malignancy, but yet remains the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the entire country including Georgia. During this awareness month, Gastroenterologist Dr Indran Krishnan, from Board of directors of fight Colorectal cancer , a nonprofit national colorectal cancer patients advocacy organization met with Georgia Governor Nathan Deal at the Georgia state capitol and US Senators Johnny Isakson, Saxy Chambliss & US House Representatives Charlie Dent & Rob Woodall at the Capitol Hill in Washington DC. He briefed them about the issues pertaining to colorectal cancer screening, treatment & research and requested the congressmen to co sponsor/and or support the bills H.R 912, S.494 and H.R 893 which are linked to better care for colorectal cancer. Dr Indran Krishnan’s meeting in Washington DC coincided with the death of US House Rep. Donald M. Payne, who died of colon cancer on the same day & the feedback to his suggestions to resolve the issues was very warm & receptive.
The issues discussed include making the screening colonoscopy more affordable to Medicare patients, authorizing a postage stamp that would raise critically needed funds for colorectal cancer research and increase the federal funding of colorectal cancer research & prevention at the National Cancer Institute, the Centers for the Disease Control & prevention and the Department of Defense. “Fight colorectal cancer is thrilled that Dr Indran krishnan’s meeting at both the Georgia state capitol & Washington DC have been very productive with legislators” said Carlea Bauman ,president of the organization. Fight colorectal cancer is the leading national cancer advocacy organization and demands a cure for the second leading cancer killer in the United States. In addition to the advocacy work, it offers support for patients, family members, and care givers. It serves as a resource for the colorectal cancer advocates, policy makers, medical professionals and healthcare providers.
More than 90% of colorectal cancer patients can be cured if detected early enough by colonoscopy. The compliance for colon cancer screening by colonoscopy is poor, hence it remains the second most common leading cause of cancer deaths in the country. The cancer usually develops from benign growth called polyp, which grows on the lining of the colon- the large bowel. The polyp, with time grows larger and eventually becomes cancer. The colonoscopy –a painless outpatient procedure done under light anesthesia - can detect & remove these polyps. Colonoscopy is recommended starting at the age of 50 to everybody as part of the physical but sooner if any high risks or warning symptoms or signs are found . These include Rectal bleeding, Change in the bowel habits, Incomplete evacuation of stool, Rectal pain, Abdominal pain, Bloating, Anemia, Feeling of tiredness/ lethargy or family history of colon cancer or personal history of colitis/ Cohn’s disease. Removal of colon polyps by colonoscopy is the key in the prevention of colon cancer.