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Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology
Volume 18, Issue 2, Pages 93-99
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2004/983459
Special Article

Canadian Association of Gastroenterology and the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation: Guidelines on Colon Cancer Screening

Desmond Leddin,1 Richard Hunt,2 Malcolm Champion,3 Alan Cockeram,4 Nigel Flook,5 Michael Gould,6 Young-In Kim,6 Jonathan Love,4 David Morgan,2 Susan Natsheh,7 Dan Sadowski,5 and for the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology and the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation committee on colon cancer screening

1Department of Medicine, Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
2Department of Medicine, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
3Department of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
4Department of Medicine, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
5Department of Family Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
6Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
7Department of Medical Education, Saint John Regional Hospital, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada

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Abstract

Colorectal cancer is the third most prevalent cancer affecting both men and women in Canada. Many of these cancers are preventable, and the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology (CAG) and the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation (CDHF) strongly support the establishment of screening programs for colorectal cancer. These guidelines discuss a number of screening options, listing the advantages and disadvantages of each. Ultimately, the test that is used for screening should be determined by patient preference, current evidence and local resources.