Dr. Jason Dominitz: March 8, 2018


*** March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month *** 


National Program Director for Gastroenterology, Department of Veterans Affairs

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women and the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States (excluding skin cancers). There were an estimated 95,520 new cases of colon cancer and 39,910 cases of rectal cancer diagnosed in the US in 2017.

The Veterans Affairs (VA) Research and Development program has been improving the lives of Veterans for more than 90 years through health care innovation, with researchers working on the causes of and treatments for cancers. One of the VA’s important cancer research objectives in treating cancer is improving doctors’ ability to diagnose colon cancer. Colon cancer can be cured if diagnosed early, yet one-third of patients who develop colon cancer will die from the disease.

March is colorectal cancer awareness month, a time to remind Americans of the importance of screening and the strides being made in cancer research. The VA is now conducting its largest-ever clinical trial involving more than 50,000 Veterans, a trial that aims to learn which test is best for colorectal cancer screening. On March 8, Dr. Jason Dominitz and Dr. Douglas Robertson, co-chairs of the “CONFIRM” clinical trial, will be available for interviews. They will share the latest statistics on colorectal cancer, details about their clinical trial and what they hope to discover through their research.

For more information please visit https://www.va.gov/


More About Dr. Dominitz: Dr. Jason Dominitz is the Gastroenterology Section Chief at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System and a Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Washington. He has been the National Program Director (NPD) for Gastroenterology since the inception of the National Gastroenterology Program in 2011. As the NPD, Dr. Dominitz has focused on assuring access for Veterans to high quality gastroenterology services. He is also a member of the US Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer.

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