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Health Agencies Update
October 20, 1999

Colorectal Cancer Screening

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JAMA. 1999;282(15):1415. doi:10.1001/jama.282.15.1415-JHA90008-2-1

Although research has demonstrated that deaths from colorectal cancer can be reduced through screening and early treatment, screening rates for the malignancy remain low. To learn more about why this occurs, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has launched a study aimed at identifying barriers to screening and early intervention.

The effort involves surveying a nationally representative sample of 1389 primary care physicians, 1042 specialty physicians, and 323 health plan medical directors. Investigators will assess physicians' knowledge, attitudes, and practice patterns and determine health plan guidelines for providing or promoting screening for colorectal cancer based on information elicited from a questionnaire.