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Date:3/18/2010

ces between five current screening options: colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, CT colonography (virtual colonoscopy), fecal immunochemical test, and fecal occult blood test. ICSI's evidence-based guideline on colorectal cancer screenings will serve as the basis for the educational materials used in the initiative.  That guideline recommends colorectal cancer screening for all patients 50 years of age and older, and age 45 and older for African Americans.

ICSI is also working with a committee comprised of Minnesota provider groups, health plans, American Cancer Society, Minnesota Cancer Alliance, and the Minnesota Department of Health to explore how prompts through electronic health records and/or other methods can routinely alert both providers and patients about the appropriate time to screen.

"We're excited to be part of this effort to improve health care in Minnesota," said Kent Bottles, MD, President of ICSI. "As a broad collaborative of provider groups, we believe ICSI members can play an important role in getting people screened for colorectal cancer and reducing mortality in the state."

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