Recent Colorectal Cancer Risk and Screening Articles
Screening increases the odds that colorectal cancers will be found at a localized stage, when the 5-year survival rate is 90%, and reduces the number of cases found with distant spread, when only 10% of patients survive 5 years after diagnosis. Furthermore, screening can identify polyps, which if removed can prevent colorectal cancer from developing. If all adults 50 and older were screened for colon cancer, we could cut the death rate from this disease in half—saving approximately 25,000 lives per year.
Read the articles below for updates on new methods and procedures for colorectal screening and more detailed information on risk factors.
Accuracy of Fecal Immunochemical Tests for Colorectal Cancer. Systematic Review and Meta-analysis – Annals of Internal Medicine 2014
Long-Term Mortality after Screening for Colorectal Cancer – New England Journal of Medicine 2013
Colonoscopic Polypectomy and Long-Term Prevention of Colorectal-Cancer Deaths – New England Journal of Medicine 2012
Increasing Screening Rates
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: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians 2008
Screening for Colorectal Cancer: A Guidance Statement from the American College of Physicians – Annals of Internal Medicine 2012
Screening for Colorectal Cancer: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement – Annals of Internal Medicine 2008
Guidelines for Colonoscopy Surveillance after Polypectomy: A Consensus Update by the US Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer and the American Cancer Society – CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians 2006
Guidelines for Colonoscopy Surveillance after Cancer Resection: A Consensus Update by the American Cancer Society and US Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer – CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians 2006