Misunderstandings of Cologuard and shifts in reimbursement are some concerns gastroenterologists have for the field. Two GIs told Becker’s ASC Review what they feel are the biggest threats to gastroenterology.
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Brian Dooreck, MD. Gastroenterologist at Memorial Hospital Pembroke (Pembroke Pines, Fla.): I see one of the greatest threats to gastroenterology is through a very well-calculated and well-funded marketing campaign and a great degree of misinterpretation of what Cologuard actually “detects.” What is the true role in colorectal cancer “prevention” versus its role in colon cancer “detection”?
What I recommend to myself and my family is to prevent colorectal cancer, not detect it.