Rajesh N Keswani, MD: February 22, 2019

SCREENING INCREASES THE CHANCES OF PREVENTING COLORECTAL CANCER

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

 

Rajesh N Keswani, MD, MS

Associate Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology and Hepatology) / Medical Director of Quality for the Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center

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). Colorectal cancer is a cancer that starts in the colon or the rectum and there will be an estimated 101,420 new cases of colon cancer and 44,180 cases of rectal cancer diagnosed in the US in 2019.

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 Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center has developed a leading, comprehensive colonoscopy Quality Improvement program focused on improving screening rates and ensuring that all patients who undergo screening colonoscopy get the highest quality care.  Implementation of this program has reduced the incidence of colon cancer.

On February 22, Dr. Rajesh Keswani, a colorectal cancer expert will be available for interviews and can speak about screening, trends, signs and symptoms, diagnosis and treatments.

For more information please visit www.nm.org/radio

 

More About Dr. Keswani:

Rajesh N. Keswani, MD, MS, is a gastroenterologist and nationally-recognized expert in interventional endoscopy who leads efforts to improve healthcare quality. He is the Medical Director of Quality for the Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center. Nationally, he informs clinical practice guidelines and endoscopy training standards by serving on committees of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, American Gastroenterological Association, and National Comprehensive Cancer Network.
Dr. Keswani earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from Boston University, finished residency training in internal medicine at Stanford University, and completed a fellowship in gastroenterology and hepatology at University of Chicago and a therapeutic endoscopy fellowship at Washington University St. Louis.

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