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Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology
Volume 21, Suppl D, Pages 5D-24D
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2007/705789
Evidence-Based Series #15-5

Cancer Care Ontario Colonoscopy Standards: Standards and Evidentiary Base

Linda Rabeneck,1 R Bryan Rumble,2 Jeff Axler,3 Anne Smith,4 David Armstrong,5 Chris Vinden,6 Paul Belliveau,7 Kay Rhodes,8 Caroline Zwaal,9 Verna Mai,10 Peter Dixon,11 and for Cancer Care Ontario’s Colonoscopy Standards Expert Panel1

1Odette Cancer Centre, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2Program in Evidence-Based Care, Cancer Care Ontario, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
3William Osler Health Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
4Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
5McMaster Medical Centre, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
6St Joseph’s Health Centre, London, Ontario, Canada
7Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
8Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
9Program in Evidence-Based Care, Cancer Care Ontario, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
10Cancer Care Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
11Durham Regional Cancer Centre, Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

Copyright © 2007 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the most common cause of non-tobacco-related cancer deaths in Canadian men and women, accounting for 10% of all cancer deaths. An estimated 7800 men and women will be diagnosed with CRC, and 3250 will die from the disease in Ontario in 2007. Given that CRC incidence and mortality rates in Ontario are among the highest in the world, the best opportunity to reduce this burden of disease would be through screening. The present report describes the findings and recommendations of Cancer Care Ontario’s Colonoscopy Standards Expert Panel, which was convened in March 2006 by the Program in Evidence-Based Care. The recommendations will form the basis of the quality assurance program for colonoscopy delivered in support of Ontario’s CRC screening program.