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New AGA Perspectives Issue Features CRC Debate

March 23, 2016

The articles delve into the important topic of precision medicine in gastroenterology.

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and the latest issue of AGA Perspectives features a timely debate on the significance of risk factors for colorectal cancer screening recommendations. The featured articles, written by noted experts David Lieberman, MD, and Thomas Imperiale, MD, review how risk factors such as obesity, smoking, age and gender translate into numerical scores that could potentially help determine when and how someone should be screened for colorectal cancer. 

While both authors argue that risk scores are meant to supplement clinical decision making and not replace them, Dr. Imperiale notes that it could allow providers to make a more supportive recommendation for non-invasive screening and a more data-driven one for colonoscopy. Dr. Liberman cautions that a low score could provide patients with a false sense of reassurance and may not be quite ready for average use in practice.

In addition to colorectal cancer and screening, the debate also delves into the important topic and theme of precision medicine in gastroenterology. Keep an eye out for the full February/March issue of the magazine, which will be available online next week on the AGA Perspectives website, agaperspectives.gastro.org.

 For more CRC awareness month resources, visit CRCawareness.org

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