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Colonoscopy Screening for Colorectal Cancer: Optimizing Quality

May 5, 2015

CDC releases new continuing education course on CRC screening.

Are your patients getting the maximum benefit from colorectal cancer screening? A new free continuing education course, sponsored by CDC, provides guidance and tools for clinicians on the optimal ways to implement screening to help ensure that patients do receive maximum benefit.

This course was developed by nationally recognized experts in colorectal cancer screening, including gastroenterologists, primary care clinicians, and leaders in public health programs and research. It is narrated by David A. Lieberman, MD, AGAF, Oregon Health and Science University. Dr. Lieberman is the clinical research councillor on the AGA Institute Governing Board.

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the U.S., but it doesn’t have to be. Screening can save lives, but problems with implementation can reduce its effectiveness. For example, adenoma detection rates vary widely, and physicians with low rates put their patients at risk for developing interval cancers. Many physicians recommend screening and surveillance intervals that are not consistent with guidelines, which can lead to increased cost and risk to patients. Achieving high quality needs to be a priority for all physicians who perform colonoscopy.

The course can be accessed at www.cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal/quality.

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