Georgia Colorectal Cancer Roundtable hosts second annual forum

the Georgia Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (GCCRT) held its second annual forum on Wednesday at Mercer Univ./ Tavares Jones (WGXA)

MACON, Ga- In conjunction with Colorectal Cancer Awareness month, the Georgia Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (GCCRT) held its second annual forum on Wednesday.

Held on the campus of Mercer University, the event featured several physicians and healthcare providers who highlighted the current efforts increasing colorectal cancer screenings in the state of Georgia.

Dr. Keisha Callins, Chair and Assistant Professor at the Mercer University School of Medicine, said it's important for Georgia residents to realize the importence of getting screened early.

"Our statistics for Georgia in general are not that great. Usually what happens particularly for patients that are low income, low socioeconomic status or usually an African American background or even Hispanic background, because of their access to healthcare a lot of times they're seeking care later. So when we do find things in those cases sometimes it's a little bit more advanced. The good thing about the screening process for colorectal cancer is it's actually very good and usually fairly reliable. So if we do find it early we have a really good opportunity to make changes." said Callins.

Wednesday's forum, presented by both Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia and Amerigroup, also served as the vehicle for "80 by 2018," a national initiative to increase the colorectal cancer screening rate to 80 percent for adults over the age of 50 by 2018.

To learn more about the Georgia Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (GCCRT) or to find out about healthcare resources in your area, visit the organization's website.

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