American College of Gastroenterology 2008 Guidelines for Colorectal Cancer Screening

Some highlights from the American College of Gastroenterology Guidelines for Colorectal Cancer Screening, 2008:

  • Guidelines for Colorectal Cancer Screening: beginning at age 45 years in African Americans.

  • FIT, fecal immunochemical test, replaces older guaiac fecal occult blood test.

  • Individuals with a single 1st-degree relative with CRC or advanced adenomas at age older than 60 should be screened like average-risk persons.

  • Screening in high-risk patients: colonoscopy every 5 years beginning at 40, or 10 years younger at diagnosis of the youngest relative.

Video: See What to Expect During a Colonoscopy.

The CBS news anchor Katie Couric (formerly of the NBC Today show) lost her husband to colon cancer ten years ago. According to the press release, "since then colon cancer awareness and prevention has been a cause near to her heart. March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month and Katie Couric put together a video for her YouTube channel with recognizable faces who have loaned their talent for Public Service Announcements about the disease."

Colon Cancer Awareness


Cleveland Clinic Colorectal Cancer Risk Assessment Tool. Get your score in 2 minutes (free).
Fear was the No. 1 reason people gave to explain why they hadn’t gone in for a colonoscopy to screen for colon cancer. NYTimes.
Image source: Colon (anatomy), Wikipedia, public domain.
10 Questions You Need to Ask About Colonoscopy
Colon cancer and colonoscopy - Cleveland Clinic YouTube playlist

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