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Distance Learning: Colorectal Screening and Guidelines for the Primary Care Provider

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Presenter: Dr. Craig Box

Sponsor: Blue Ridge AHEC

Session Description: Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. A growing body of evidence indicates that the number of individuals dying of colorectal cancer could be greatly reduced through appropriate screening. Although there is now general agreement that average-risk adults aged 50 and older should be screened for colorectal cancer, national survey data show less than half of eligible adults have ever been screened for this disease. Primary care practice is an important point of entry for colorectal cancer screening. This program will enhance the primary care provider’s understanding of appropriate screening referral indicators and strategies, screening delivery, and outcomes management.

Session Objectives:
The primary care provider will be able to:

  1. Evaluate and assess colorectal cancer risk in the primary care setting and propose strategies to improve patient decision-making regarding colorectal screening.
  2. Make appropriate decisions regarding referrals for screening
  3. Understand the current recommendations and guidelines for colorectal screening

Technology Requirements:
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  • Personal computer with Macintosh or Windows with 512 MB of RAM
  • Broadband internet connection such as an office LAN, DSL, or cable modem
  • Phone next to personal computer (or speaker phone if multiple people are viewing)
  • Computer speakers (built-in or attached)
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