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Colorectal screening evidence & colonoscopy screening guidelines

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Published on May 19, 2016

Health Evidence hosted a 90 minute webinar examining colorectal cancer screening: benefits and harms, effective screening methods, and screening guidelines. Click here for access to the slides for this webinar: http://www.slideshare.net/HealthEvide...

Donna Fitzpatrick-Lewis, MSW, Senior Research Coordinator at the McMaster Evidence Review and Synthesis Centre and Dr. Maria Bacchus, Associate Professor of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine University of Calgary, and member of the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care led the session. Donna presented the findings of the Synthesis Centre’s latest review and Dr. Bacchus presented findings from the Task Force’s latest guidelines:

Fitzpatrick-Lewis, D., Usman, A., Warren, R., Kenny, M., Rice, M., Bayer, A., Ciliska, D., Sherifali, D., Raina, P. Screening for colorectal cancer. Ottawa: Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care; 2015. Available:http://canadiantaskforce.ca/files/crc...

Bacchus, C. M., Dunfield, L., Gorber, S. C., Holmes, N. M., Birtwhistle, R., Dickinson, J. A., Lewin, G., Singh, H., Klarenbach, S., Mai, V., Tonelli, M. (2016). Recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer in primary care. Canadian Medical Association Journal, cmaj-151125.

Among men and women, colorectal cancer is the second and third most common cause of cancer related death, respectively. Colorectal cancer screening guidelines, developed by the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care, are based on a systematic review synthesizing evidence on the benefits and harms of screening, and the characteristics of effective screening tests. The guidelines, developed from the review, outline screening recommendations for adults aged 50 and older who are asymptomatic and not at high risk for colorectal cancer. This webinar provided a high level overview of the systematic review that informed these recommendations, followed by an overview of the recent Canadian screening guidelines.

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