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Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation President Thomas K. Weber, MD, FACS, and Martha Raymond MA, CPN, Executive Director of Michael's Mission and Founder & CEO of The Raymond Foundation are pleased to co-host the Second Annual Early Age Onset of Colorectal Cancer Summit.

registerbluebuttonThis event will bring together early age onset (EAO) colorectal cancer (CRC) survivors, loved ones, health care professionals and researchers from across the country. The program will provide extensive opportunities for participants to advance their understanding of the rapidly increasing incidence of rectal and colon cancer among young adults under 50 years of age in the U.S. and abroad. 

This ground breaking program will, for a second year, provide both survivors and health care professional’s opportunities to leverage each other’s insights and provide an opportunity for all to hear leading clinicians and scientists on the epidemiology, pathogenesis, genomics and quality of life preserving treatment options for EAO-CRC.

The course will include lectures, workshops and panel discussions designed to facilitate multidisciplinary consensus regarding the priorities of EAO-CRC prevention, clinical care, quality of life and research moving forward.

The Summit will feature keynote addresses from leading clinicians, epidemiologists and researchers from the nation’s leading cancer centers and advocacy organizations including Columbia University, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering, New York University School of Medicine, State University of New York Health Sciences Center, the University of California, Berkley Public Health Institute, the University of Colorado, the University of Pittsburgh, Tulane University, the American Cancer Society, Bowel Cancer UK and Michael’s Mission.



LOCATION: EmblemHealth 55 Water Street (Corner of Old Slip), New York, NY

6:30 - 9:00 PM

Special Session: The Family History Ascertainment and CRC Risk Assessment Tools: Ready for Electronic Record Prime Time?

Exhibitor Set Up


LOCATION: EmblemHealth 55 Water Street (Corner of Old Slip), New York, NY

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM


8:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Welcome and Overview of the Day

Katie Rich and Thomas K. Weber, MD, FACS

8:45 AM - 10:15 AM

 Young Adult CRC: A Global Challenge

Presenters: Rebecca Siegel MPH, Deborah Alsina, and T. Peter Kingham MD, FACS

10:15 AM 10:30 AM

Networking Break

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

 Quality of Life Symposium

Presenters: Carolyn Fulton MSW, Cynthia Gail Leichman, PD, Susan Peterson PhD, MPH, Martha Raymond MA, CPN, and Yi-Qian Nancy You MD, MHSc, FACS

Topics to include:

"Tools You Can Use"

Survivor Testimonials

Overview & Ideal State

"I Was Told To Get My Affairs In Order"

Preservation of Fertility

Pregnancy & Multimodality Therapy for CRC During Pregnancy

Issues Facing & Resources Available To Care Givers & Surviving Families


12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

 Stakeholders Luncheon Including Updates On Young Adult CRC By Our Advocacy Partners

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

 Epidemiology: What is Driving the Icreasing Incidence of YA CRC?

Presenters include: Elizabeth Kantor PhD, Barbara Cohn PhD, J.D. O'Keefe MD, and Jordan Karlitz MD

Topics To Include:

The EAO CRC Risk Differential & The NY YA CR Research Consortium Literature Review 

Obesity and Inflammation

The In Utero Cancer "Exposome": The Breast Cancer Model and its Applicability to CRC

The Micro Biome: Diet, Microbiota and metabolites in Colon Cancer Risk in Rural Africans & African Americans

The Search for Population Based YA CRC Study Populations

3:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Networking Break

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

 Reducing Young Adult CRC Mortality in the United States & Beyond

Presenters include: Dennis Ahnen MD, Zsofia Stadler MD, Barbara Goff MD, and Thomas K. Weber, MD, FACS

Topics To Include:

Expanding CRC Screening & Surveillance in the Under 50 Population

What's New In Our Understanding of the Genetics of YA CRC?

The Development and Implementation of the Ovarian cancer Symptom Index

The Development, Validation and Implementaiton of the YA CRC Symptoms and Signs Index


5:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Summation and Next Steps

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Networking Reception