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.

Guide to Help With Patient Questions About Colonoscopy Payments

The national GI societies are working to set the record straight on colonoscopy payments and help patients, policymakers, and the media understand the complexities of the system and the value of gastroenterologists and tests like colonoscopy. Click here to access the guide.

ACG’s 2015 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 for 2015 containing a wealth of resources, key messages, tips and downloadable materials.

New ACG Colorectal Cancer Awareness Infographics

ACG has developed two powerful and informative infographics, which are visual representations of data and information to help in your colorectal cancer awareness efforts. The College encourages you to print, display and share these with your patients, on your website, in your office and via social media channels such as Twitter and Facebook. Download the Infographics

How the Other Half Lives Infographic     Why Take Chances Infographic

Highlights of March CRC Month: Media & Community Outreach

More information coming soon.

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

Slide Set: Quality and Efficiency Measures for Colonoscopy
Click here to download a “read only” version of this 38-slide PowerPoint presentation.

Note: Click the link above and click Save. When opening the file, a pop-up box will appear asking for a password. In this box, leave the password field blank and click the Read Only button on the right to access the presentation.

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: ACG Colon Cancer Screening: New Guidelines…and Insights
Click here to download a “read only” version of this 86-slide PowerPoint presentation.

Note: Click the link above and click Save. When opening the file, a pop-up box will appear asking for a password. In this box, leave the password field blank and click the Read Only button on the right to access the presentation.

This comprehensive overview of the College’s new colorectal cancer screening guidelines provides a useful resource for recommendations for both average risk patients and high risk patients. Beyond an updated review of ACG’s recommended options for screening, the slide set looks at new risk profiles for African Americans, heavy smokers and obese patients.

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

Customizable Colonoscopy Brochures
New customizable patient education materials on colonoscopy are available to support your GI practice. The ACG Patient Care Committee and Public Relations Committee collaborated on clear, easy-to-read materials for patients that review colonoscopy and what to expect. Three formats are offered: a quick reference tri-fold pamphlet, a longer, more detailed booklet, and an online “eBooklet.” In partnership with Customized Communications, Inc., ACG members can personalize these brochures at a special discounted rate with your practice information, website, map or logo. Click here to order these 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.
Click here to order printed brochures.

Patient Video

This new 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.