Navigation Links
The Right Colorectal Cancer Test for the Right Patient
Date:3/2/2010

Experts Available to Explain Screening Options for March Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

BETHESDA, Md., March 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Recent reports of President Obama's CT colonography, or virtual colonoscopy, as a screening test for colorectal cancer and coverage by the Associated Press of an NIH State-of-the-Science conference heralding stool blood tests as an inexpensive alternative to colonoscopy may leave many consumers wondering which colorectal cancer test is best for them.  Physician experts from the American College of Gastroenterology are available to comment and help provide perspective on the many options for colorectal cancer screening during March Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

"As GI physicians on the front line of diagnosing colorectal cancer, we are concerned that recent news reports may give an incomplete picture of the use of various screening tests in detecting colorectal cancer, especially if patients are at higher than average risk," commented ACG President Philip O. Katz, M.D., FACG.  

The ability to prevent colorectal cancer through polyp removal is the cornerstone of ACG's recommendation of colonoscopy as a "preferred" cancer screening strategy.  There is a tremendous body of evidence that shows that clearing the colon of polyps, including small polyps, significantly reduces colorectal cancer mortality.  When detected in its earliest and most treatable stage, the survival rates for colorectal cancer exceed 90 percent.

"It's vital that patients are fully aware of all of their options because some tests could delay the accurate diagnosis of colon cancer and the prompt removal of colon polyps," explained Dr. Katz.  In some cases, false negative stool tests could prevent the timely detection of abnormalities which could impact survival.  Suspicious findings on some tests mean that patients may still need to undergo colonoscopy.

Confusion surrounding screening options is especially alarming for African Americans, who have the highest incidence of colorectal cancer of any racial or ethnic group, and who face decreased survival compared with whites because early diagnosis is essential.

Physician Experts Available for Interviews

Please contact Jacqueline Gaulin at 301-263-9000 or jgaulin@acg.gi.org.  ACG experts can address:

  • Pros and Cons of various colorectal cancer screening methods, including colonoscopy, stool blood tests, and so-called "virtual" tests using CT scans of the abdomen
  • Emergence of new screening technologies such as fecal-immunochemical tests
  • Recent scientific developments in colorectal cancer prevention
  • Screening recommendations for average to high-risk individuals, particularly African-Americans.

Colorectal Cancer Screening Recommendations from the American College of Gastroenterology

The ACG recommends men and women at average risk for colorectal cancer to begin screening at age 50. African-Americans should begin colorectal cancer screening at 45.  The 2009 ACG evidence-based colorectal cancer screening guidelines divide the options into cancer prevention tests and cancer detection tests.  Cancer prevention tests are preferred over detection tests.  To review the ACG guidelines visit http://www.acg.gi.org/patients/patientinfo/coloncancer.asp.

About the American College of Gastroenterology

Founded in 1932, the American College of Gastroenterology is an organization with an international membership of more than 11,000 individuals from 80 countries.  The College is committed to serving the clinically oriented digestive disease specialist though its emphasis on scholarly practice, teaching and research.  The mission of the College is to serve the evolving needs of physicians in the delivery of high quality, scientifically sound, humanistic, ethical, and cost-effective health care to gastroenterology patients.

SOURCE American College of Gastroenterology

Back to top

RELATED LINKS
http://www.acg.gi.org/

'/>"/>

SOURCE American College of Gastroenterology
Copyright©2010 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Childrens National Medical Center Automates User Access Rights Compliance with SCCs Access Auditor
2. Multiple Medalist Kristina Groves Matches Hain Celestials $5,000 Donation to Right to Play
3. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka to Discuss TSA Bargaining Rights on Inside Government Radio Show
4. SeqWright Advances Genomic Discovery With Isilon IQ
5. Sociologist expands US conversation on human rights
6. New Book Gives Physicians the Business Know-how to Find the Right Medical Practice
7. Rockland County Landlord Agrees to Settlement With United States to Protect Fair Housing Rights of Tenants With Mental Disabilities
8. Inadequate access to opioid-based pain relief is a human rights issue for cancer patients
9. Hawaiian-shirt.net Offers 10 Tips To Beat The Winter Blues: Things You Can Do Right Now to Have a Better Day
10. Neonatal and infant circumcision: Safe in the right hands
11. Is a Tummy Tuck Right for Me? Alabama Plastic Surgeon Dr. David Durst Offers Tips as the Popularity of Surgical Cosmetic Enhancement Continues to Rise
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... February 24, 2017 , ... The narrative in “ ... Erik Schanssema ’s true account of his paramedic experiences. Schanssema describes the tragedies he ... and his attempts to overcome them. , Schanssema, initially unsure of the career path ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... 2017 , ... The International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp) announces the ... body image mannequin art competition. Selected from 15 submissions from around the nation, the ... the 31st annual iaedp Symposium, March 22 – 26 in Las Vegas. , This ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... February 24, 2017 , ... Congratulations to Head Over ... on February 12th. Ms. Esparza qualified into this prestigious status after winning ... in Las Vegas, Nevada. Frida is one of approximately 25 gymnasts in the ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... ... 23, 2017 , ... The 89th Academy Awards will be celebrated this weekend, ... Policy Center Bunkum Award. We invite you to enjoy our 11th annual tongue-in-cheek “salute” ... is the Center for American Progress (CAP), for its report, Lessons From State Performance ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... ... February 23, 2017 , ... Los Angeles-based weight loss ... WE TV’s “Mama June: From Not to Hot,” which will begin airing on February ... Shannon, known to millions from the 2012 reality television series, “Here Comes Honey Boo ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/23/2017)... Feb. 23, 2017  Genesis Healthcare Services has merged ... was made by Bill Monast , President and ... and Nathan Feltman , executives with Home Health ... LLC. This acquisition helps Hospice Cloud ... technology enabled durable medical equipment (DME) solutions for the ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... 23, 2017 ITL Limited, ( ASX: ITD ), an ... the half year ended 31 December 2016 compared with the previous ... can be viewed here . Highlights ... up 104%) Earnings per share of 2.2 cents ... $17.5m (Dec 2015: $15.7m; up 11%) Profit before ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... GUIYANG, China , 23. Februar 2017 ... Area , eine nationale Wirtschaftszone in der südwestlichen chinesischen Provinz ... Beschleunigung der Errichtung einer Innovationsplattform aktiv an der Entwicklung einer ... Continue Reading ... ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: