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Investigators examine colorectal cancer screening methods among diverse populations
Date:5/4/2010

on in the U.S. to accept third-party payor coverage for virtual colonoscopy exams. To examine the effects of the virtual colonoscopy program on rates of optical colonoscopies, researchers looked at total CRC screenings from 2003 to 2008 in patients aged 50 to 75. Over this five-year period, the total number of CRC screening exams (virtual + optical colonoscopies) increased 53 percent from 555 screenings per quarter in 2003 to 1,187 in 2008. Virtual colonoscopies peaked at 307 exams performed in the third quarter of 2005, declining to 203 exams performed in the last quarter of 2008.

During this same time, optical colonoscopy exams increased significantly from 555 exams per quarter in 2003 to 995 exams per quarter performed in 2008. In 2009, five years after initiation of the virtual colonoscopy screening program, an average of 1,255 quarterly screening exams were performed with 86.6 percent of the patients screened with optical colonoscopies and 8.5 percent screened with virtual colonoscopies.

Dr. Pfau will present these data on Tuesday, May 4 at 10:30 a.m. CT in 260-262, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Method of Recommendation for Colorectal Cancer Screening Strategies Impacts Adherence (Abstract #124)

It is assumed that better outcomes from colorectal cancer (CRC) screening are achieved by recommending colonoscopy as the preferred screening test. However, this method of recommendation may adversely impact adherence to screening in diverse populations, according to a new study from researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) who found that recommending colonoscopy resulted in lower adherence compared with recommendations for fecal occult blood test (FOBT), or a choice of the two procedures.

The findings are important because current screening guidelines stress colonoscopy as the preferred screening strategy.

Researchers conducted a study comparing single and multiple recommendati
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