Colorectal Cancer Screening: What’s Accurate and Cost-Effective?

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Because colorectal cancer is often asymptomatic, routine screening is essential to detect lesions at an early stage. The evolution of health care has brought new and improved screening methods for colorectal cancer, including CT colonography. This article weighs the pros and cons of the available screening methods used to detect colorectal cancer in the general population today.



CE/CME No: CR-13111

Earn credit by reading this article and successfully completing the posttest. Successful completion is defined as a cumulative score of at least 70% correct.

• Explain the difference between indirect and direct screening methods for CRC and when to utilize each.
• Understand the age continuum of screening patients with and without increased risk factors for CRC.
• Decide which type of direct screening method is the best choice when looking at sensitivity and specificity and patient preference.
• Understand the risks, benefits, and limitations of each procedure available for CRC screening.

Carolyn Mueller, Molly Perry, and Lisa DeCicco are recent graduates of the Pace University–Lenox Hill Hospital Physician Assistant Program in New York. Ellen D. Mandel is a Clinical Professor in the Pace PA Program and an Associate Professor in the PA Program at Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey.


This program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 1.0 hour of American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) Category I CME credit by the Physician Assistant Review Panel. [NPs: Both ANCC and the AANP Certification Program recognize AAPA as an approved provider of Category 1 credit.] Approval is valid for one year from the issue date of November 2013.

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