Screening guidelines for colorectal cancer: What should we advocate to our patients?

Amy Wang, David Lieberman

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Abstract

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Several medical societies have provided formal guidelines recommending various modalities for average-risk populations. These recommendations universally support the use of high-sensitivity fecal occult blood tests, flexible sigmoidoscopy, and colonoscopy for screening. However, there are differences in the support for fecal DNA stool testing and CT colonography. Regardless of the test, it is imperative that physicians and their patients be aware of the characteristics, benefits, and limitations of each modality. This review discusses the recommendations and provides an up-to-date review of the literature for colorectal cancer screening.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8-15
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Colorectal Cancer Reports
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010

Keywords

  • CT colonography
  • Colonoscopy
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Fecal ocult blood tests
  • Screening tests

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology
  • Oncology
  • Gastroenterology

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