Screening and diagnosis of colorectal cancer

Kai J. Leong and Dion Morton

in Colorectal Cancer

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ISBN: 9780199590209
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739675 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Oncology Library

Screening and diagnosis of colorectal cancer

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• Screening is effective in reducing colorectal cancer deaths in an average risk population • Screening strategy for increased risk individuals involves risk stratification on the basis of family history, the detection of genetic mutations, or the duration of disease for patients with pancolitis • Newer screening options appear promising and have the potential to either replace or act as adjuncts to current screening modalities • Less than a third of patients with colorectal cancers present with symptoms that are independently associated with the disease • Colonoscopy is the gold standard investigation for suspected colorectal cancer but is associated with some significant risks.

Chapter.  2562 words. 

Subjects: Medical Oncology

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