Jun 16, 2020
Colon Cancer, Updates in Screening Guidelines
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Podcast:  Colon Cancer: Updates in Screening Guidelines

Evaluation and Credit:


Target Audience           

This activity is targeted toward internal medicine, family medicine and primary care specialties that provide primary care to patients with seizures and/or epilepsy.

Statement of Need

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one of the top cancer-related deaths in the US, yet it is has been documented that implementing the latest screening protocols can reduce the incidence and mortality of CRC. In that most colon tumors develop in stages, screening can detect early-stage precancerous polyps before they become cancerous. Therefore it is critical for physicians to understand the latest screening protocols and recommendations for CRC.


At the conclusion of this offering, the participant will be able to:

  • List the risk factors for colorectal cancer.
  • Understand the stages of colorectal disease development.
  • Discuss the latest screening guidelines for colorectal cancer.
  • Describe the different colorectal screening / diagnostic tools and indications.



Ryan Nazar, M.D.

Clinical Effectiveness Director, Quality Management

Norton Medical Group



Ryan Jones, M.D.

Colon and Rectal Surgery

Norton Surgical Specialists


Michelle Julien, M.D.

Colon and Rectal Surgery

Norton Surgical Specialists


Moderator, Speaker and Planner Disclosures 

The moderator, speaker and planners for this activity have no potential or actual conflicts of interest to disclose.


Commercial Support 

There was no commercial support for this activity.


Physician Credits

American Medical Association



Norton Healthcare is accredited by the Kentucky Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.



Norton Healthcare designates this enduring material for a maximum of .75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Nurse Credits

Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN) Approved Provider: Norton Healthcare, provider number 4-0002-12-20-198. The program has been approved by Norton Healthcare for 0.9 contact hours which expires 12/31/2020. KBN approval of a continuing education provider does not constitute endorsement of program content. Nursing participants must attest to the number of hours of attendance and complete the evaluation to receive contact hours.


For more information related to nursing credits, contact Sally Sturgeon DNP, RN, SANE-A, AFN-BC at (502) 446-5889 or



Date of Original Release |June 2020

Course Termination Date | June 30, 2022

Contact Information | Center for Continuing Medical Education; (502) 446-5955 or 


Resources for Additional Study 


Cancer screening in the United States, 2019: A review of current American Cancer Society guidelines and current issues in cancer screening.


Chapkin, Robert, et. al. Diet and Gut Microbes Act Cooridnately to Enhance Programmed Cell Death and Reduce Colorectal Cancer Risk. Digestive Diseases and Sciences (2020) 65: 840 – 851.


Issa, Iyad, and Noureddine, Malak. Colorectal cancer screening: An updated review of the available options. World Journal of Gastroenterology; 2017 July 28: 23(28): 5086 – 5096.


Primary tumor location and survival in colorectal cancer: A retrospective cohort study.


Stoffel, Elena, and Murphy Caitlin. Epidemiology and Mechanisms of the Increasing Incidence of Colon and Rectal Cancers in Young Adults. Gastroenterology, 2020 (158:341 – 353.

Primary tumor location and survival in colorectal cancer: A retrospective cohort study.


Xyu, M.D., Zhaomin, et. al. Treatments for Stage IV Colon Cancer and Overall Survival. Journal of Surgical Research, October 2019 (242) 47 – 56.

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