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    Monday, March 29, 2010

    THE ABCs Of Colon Cancer [CRC] Screening

    Involved organizations promote a message for adults: get screened if you are 50 or older.

    It is predicted that if all individuals aged 50 or older had regular colorectal screening tests resulting in the removal of all precancerous polyps, up to 90% of deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented. The premise for the utility of cancer screening, in general, is that early diagnosis may reduce cancer mortality, result in less radical therapy, and decrease costs. Colorectal cancer screening, in particular, is capable of detecting precancerous polyps in the colon or rectum for removal and can detect early-stage cancer so that treatment may be initiated when it is more effective, often leading to a cure.

    Screening for colorectal cancer begins soon after an individual turns 50 years of age, then continues at regular intervals. People at higher risk for colorectal cancer should be tested at a younger age and/or more frequently, including individuals who 1) have a personal or close family history of colorectal polyps or colorectal cancer; 2) have inflammatory bowel disease; 3) have genetic syndromes such as familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) or hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer. Patients should speak to their health care provider to ascertain when they should begin screening and how often they should be tested.

    A consensus guideline for colorectal cancer screening was released in March 2008 by the American Cancer Society, the U.S. Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer, and the American College of Radiology (ACS/USMSTF/ACR), while the USPSTF updated its screening recommendations in October 2008. Ongoing studies drive the constantly evolving recommended screening schedules. For the latest in cancer screening point your medical professional to these articles. Ask your medical professional where you fit in.

    Levin B, Lieberman D, McFarland B, et al. Screening and surveillance for the early detection of colorectal cancer and adenomatous polyps, 2008: a joint guideline from the American Cancer Society, the US Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer, and the American College of Radiology. CA Cancer J Clin. 2008;58:130-160. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for colorectal cancer: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement. Ann Intern Med. 2008;149:627-637.

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