Colorectal Cancer Awareness

Colorectal Cancer Education Resources

A longstanding priority for the College is to educate the public and physicians about the remarkable effectiveness and safety of colonoscopy in the hands of trained and skilled endoscopists. PowerPoint slides for physicians, patient education materials including a video, and the ACG CRC Screening Guideline are among the resources for physicians.

ACG’s CRC Community Education Toolkit

The ACG’s ongoing commitment to colorectal cancer awareness includes helping physicians educate their patients and communities about the importance of screening. These CRC awareness efforts are highlighted every year during March Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and include a CRC Community Education Toolkit containing a wealth of resources, key messages, tips and downloadable materials.

ACG Colorectal Cancer Awareness Graphics

ACG has developed a range of graphics, including two powerful and informative infographics, to help in your colorectal cancer awareness efforts. The College encourages you to print and share these with your patients, on your website, in your office and via social media channels such as Twitter and Facebook

ACG CRC Awareness Poster
“Take the Quiz. Get the Test.”
Poster and Animation
Why Take Chances Infographic
Why Take Chances?
How the Other Half Lives Infographic
How the Other Half Lives
Screening and Polyp Removal Prevents CRC
Colorectal Cancer
Awareness Graphics
Screening and Polyp Removal Prevents CRC
Got Screened? Men and Women
Screening and Polyp Removal Prevents CRC
Got Screened? Women

Highlights of March CRC Month: Media & Community Outreach

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ACG Colorectal Screening Guidelines

The American College of Gastroenterology issued updated screening guidelines for colorectal cancer in the March 2009 issue of The American Journal of Gastroenterology. The guideline offers new graded recommendations for screening in an update of those published by ACG in 2000. Click here to read the guideline.

Key Recommendations in ACG Colorectal Cancer Screening Guideline:

  • Colonoscopy every 10 years is the preferred colorectal cancer prevention test.
  • Annual fecal immunochemical testing is the preferred colorectal cancer detection test.
  • African Americans should begin colorectal screening with colonoscopy at age 45.
  • To improve the effectiveness and tolerability of bowel preparation, the ACG now recommends “split dosing.”

Guidelines for Colonoscopy Surveillance After Screening and Polypectomy: A Consensus Update by the US Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer

Patients at average risk of colorectal cancer who have a clean colonoscopy do not need to repeat the test for 10 years. This and many other practical recommendations for cancer prevention were issued in “Guidelines for Colonoscopy Surveillance After Screening and Polypectomy,” a consensus update issued by the U.S. Multisociety Task Force on Colorectal Cancer. Click here to read the guideline.

Slides for Physicians Developed by ACG Experts

One of the ACG’s primary objectives in updating its colorectal cancer guideline was to focus attention on the importance of quality colonoscopy. The overall impact of colonoscopy depends critically on high quality baseline examinations. Therefore, ACG recommends that screening colonoscopies be performed by appropriately trained and skilled examiners who are dedicated to consistent performance of high quality examinations. The College has both endorsed and developed quality indicators for colonoscopy and the new guideline offers extensive recommendations to physicians aimed to enhance colonoscopy’s quality and effectiveness in cancer detection.

Developed by distinguished experts, the new slides offer ACG member physicians a convenient overview of key quality issues such as:

  • Quality – why should you care?
  • Published quality indicators for colonoscopy
  • Standards for documentation of endoscopic procedures

Slide Set: Understanding Colorectal Cancer for the Patient Audience


Click here to download this 50-slide PowerPoint presentation.

Slide Set: Quality and Efficiency Measures for Colonoscopy
Click here to download this 38-slide PowerPoint presentation.



Poster – Colorectal Cancer: You Can Prevent It

This tool for ACG members reflects the College’s commitment to educating the public about the lifesaving potential of colorectal cancer screening. The poster measures 36 x 18. Click here for PDF.
To purchase a CRC poster for $10, ACG members can visit the Online Store.

Patient Brochures

Colon Cancer: You Can Prevent It
This educational pamphlet “Colon Cancer: You Can Prevent It” empowers patients to take action against colorectal cancer, arming them with the latest facts about the number 2 cancer killer in the United States. Covering the risks and potential symptoms and reviewing various  screening options, this brochures also explains why the training and experience of the endoscopist are vital to a thorough colonoscopy exam.
Click here to download the brochure.

Patient Video

This educational video for GI patients, produced by the ACG Institute for Clinical Research and Education, underscores the lifesaving importance of colorectal screening by colonoscopy. The video instills confidence in patients about the effectiveness, safety and importance of colonoscopy. Featuring the experience of a female patient, we follow her through the day of her exam. The video reviews all clinical information regarding colonoscopy and urges viewers to follow all instructions from their health care providers.

Click here to watch the video.

Patient Podcasts

As part of ACG’s efforts to promote awareness during March Colorectal Cancer month observances, physician experts contributed to these audio sessions to answer some of the most common questions.

Click here to listen to podcasts.

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