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.
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.
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.
Highlights of March CRC Month: Media & Community Outreach
ACG Colorectal Cancer 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 2008. 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
Patient Brochure & Poster
Created by the ACG Institute for Clinical Research and Education, this patient brochure and corresponding poster present a clear, concise overview of colorectal cancer risk factors and screening strategies, featuring ACG’s 2009 Colorectal Cancer Screening Guidelines and a call-to-action for African Americans to begin screening at age 45. They also feature endoscopic images of polyps and colon cancer.
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.
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.