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Screening for Colon Cancer: What Test and how Often?

Dr. Randall Brand presents on screening for colon cancer. He addresses issues involving colorectal screening, discusses the background of colon cancer, who should be screened, how a patient should be screened, and reviews current screening recommendations.

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Assess the currently available approaches for colon cancer screening         
  • Identify at what age a patient should be referred for a colonoscopy   
  • Recognize those factors that determine when a patient should have a repeat colonoscopy        

Reading Resources:

  1. The AGA Guidelines Are Inaccurate in Detecting Pancreatic Cysts with Advanced Neoplasia: A Clinicopathological Study of 225 Patients with Supporting Molecular Data. Gastrointest Endosc. 2015 Dec 17. pii: S0016-5107(15)03203-4. doi: 10.1016/j.gie.2015.12.009.
  2. Advances in Biomedical Imaging, Bioengineering, and Related Technologies for the Development of Biomarkers of Pancreatic Disease: Summary of a National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and National Institute of Biomedical
  3. Imaging and Bioengineering Workshop. Pancreas. 2015 Nov;44(8):1185-94. doi: 10.1097/MPA.0000000000000552.
  4. Definitive Characterization of CA 19-9 in Resectable Pancreatic Cancer Using a Reference Set of Serum and Plasma Specimens. PLoS One. 2015 Oct 2;10(10):e0139049. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0139049. eCollection 2015.


Dr. Brand has reported no relevant relationships with proprietary entities producing health care goods or services.

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of .75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.075) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to .75 contact hour.

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Release Date: 2/5/16 | Last Modified On: 2/5/16 | Expires: 2/6/17



Randall E. Brand, MD

Randall E. Brand, MD Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
Shadyside Medical Building
5200 Centre Ave. Suite 409
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Office Phone:
(412) 623-3105
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