Colon cancer screening in 2010: An update

A. V. Weizman, G. C. Nguyen

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Colorectal cancer is among the most common cancers worldwide. The prognosis for limited disease is excellent; however, it becomes poor for more advanced disease. The majority of colorectal cancers arise from premalignant adenomatous polyps. This makes the detection of polyps and early carcinoma an attractive screening strategy. This article will review the current tests available for screening for colorectal cancer. These include stool based tests (guaiac-based fecal occult blood tests, immunochemical fecal tests, stool DNA panel), radiologic tests (double contrast barium enema and computed tomography colonography), and endoscopy (flexible sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy). The current use of these tests in population-based screening programs and the most recent screening guidelines from the largest advisory groups in North America and Europe will be discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)181-188
Number of pages8
JournalMinerva gastroenterologica e dietologica
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Adenomatous polyps
  • Colorectal neoplasms
  • Early detection of cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Gastroenterology


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