The decision of which screening test to use also depends on what doctors feel comfortable with, Sinicrope said.
Although there is evidence to support using a newer form of noninvasive colonoscopy, called CT or virtual, colonoscopy, Sinicrope said there are not enough doctors who have expertise with the technology for it to be reliable. The ACP guidelines did not recommend CT colonoscopy.
In all, the ACP panel reviewed guidelines from five organizations that each focused on different aspects of screening: the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement, the American College of Radiology, the American College of Gastroenterology, and the joint guidelines by the American Cancer Society, the U.S. Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer, and the American College of Radiology.
Find out more about colon cancer at the American Cancer Society.
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