Preventing colon cancer VA initiative forging best practices for screening
Mike Richman of VA Research Communications interviews Dr. Samir Gupta, chief of gastroenterology at the VA San Diego Healthcare System. He’s leading the VA Colonoscopy Collaborative, which is aiming to provide a framework for maximizing VA’s effectiveness with colonoscopy and to ultimately improve health outcomes for Veterans. Colonoscopy has long been considered a good screening method for the early detection of colon cancer, the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Colon cancer is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer, but making sure that Veterans are getting proper colon cancer screening is critical.