“Colorectal cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer death for Vermont men and women.
Colorectal cancer is caused by abnormal growths, called polyps, which form inside the colon and rectum and can become cancerous. In many cases, regular screening can prevent colorectal cancer altogether because polyps can be found and removed before they turn into cancer. Screening is also important because it can find colorectal cancer early, when it is highly curable.”
USPSTF Screening Guidelines (2016):
The USPSTF recommends screening for colorectal cancer starting at age 50 years and continuing until age 75 years. Multiple effective screening strategies are available to choose from:
(a) Guaiac-based fecal occult blood test (gFOBT) or fecal immunochemical test (FIT) annually
(b) FIT-DNA test every 1 or 3 years
(c) Colonoscopy every 10 years
(d) CT colonography or flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years or
(e) Flexible sigmoidoscopy every 10 years plus FIT every year
You can find this resource, and many more, in the State of Vermont’s Improving Population Health Outcomes Prevention Change Packages.