Colorectal cancer screening

What tests, how often?

V. K. Sharma, Colin Howden

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Abstract

Several strategies for colorectal cancer screening in persons at average risk are recommended by the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, the American College of Gastroenterology, and the American Cancer Society. These include annual fecal occult blood test (FOBT), annual FOBT with flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years, air contrast barium enema every 5 to 10 years, and colonoscopy every 10 years. Start screening persons at average risk at age 50. Colonoscopy every 10 years is probably the most clinically effective of these methods. Colonoscopy is also the only test recommended for surveillance of high-risk persons, although a combination of flexible sigmoidoscopy and air contrast barium enema can be substituted if colonoscopy is not available.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)173-179
Number of pages7
JournalConsultant
Volume41
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

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Colonoscopy
Early Detection of Cancer
Colorectal Neoplasms
Sigmoidoscopy
Occult Blood
Hematologic Tests
United States Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Air
Barium Enema

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  • Medicine(all)

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Colorectal cancer screening : What tests, how often? / Sharma, V. K.; Howden, Colin.

In: Consultant, Vol. 41, No. 2, 2001, p. 173-179.

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Sharma, VK & Howden, C 2001, 'Colorectal cancer screening: What tests, how often?', Consultant, vol. 41, no. 2, pp. 173-179.
Sharma, V. K. ; Howden, Colin. / Colorectal cancer screening : What tests, how often?. In: Consultant. 2001 ; Vol. 41, No. 2. pp. 173-179.
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