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July 9, 2003

Screening for Colorectal CancerScreening for Colorectal Cancer

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2003;290(2):191. doi:10.1001/jama.290.2.191-a

To the Editor: Drs Walsh and Terdiman1,2 reviewed the evidence on the efficacy of various screening tests for the prevention of colorectal cancer. Although the authors provided an extensive discussion of guiac-based FOBTs, they did not mention fecal immunochemical tests. However, a recent statement by the American Cancer Society's Colorectal Cancer Advisory Group supports the use of such tests.3 Similarly, a recent statement by the American Cancer Society concludes that "in comparison with guaiac-based tests for the detection of occult blood, immunochemical tests are more patient-friendly, and are likely to be equal or better in sensitivity and specificity."4

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