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Dr. Stephen O’Keefe discusses diet and cancer with special reference to the colon because there is increasing information that shows that diet is the key driver in the development and spread of colon cancer.

Educational objectives:

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

  • Recognize the chief determinants of the colonic microbiota composition and metabolic activity
  • Recognize the role dietary fiber intake plays in the prevention of colon cancer
  • Recognize the role diet plays on the ability of the colonic microbiome to produce appropriate metabolites

Reading Resources:

  1. Bingham et al. Lancet 2003 361:1496
  2. De Vogel, et al. Carcinogenesis 2005
  3. Humphries et al, Cancer Prev Res 2014
  4. Le Marchand. Journal of the National Cancer Institute Monographs No. 26, 1999


Dr. O’ Keefe has reported no relevant relationships with 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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ABIM MOC Part 2 Credit

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to .75 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit. 

To receive your ABIM MOC Part 2 credit, you will need to complete the post-test with a pass rate of 100% and provide your date of birth and ABIM number, along with the other required fields.  This information will be shared with the American Board of Internal Medicine using the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education Program and Activity Reporting System.

Release Date: 3/27/2017 | Last Modified On: 3/27/2017 | Expires: 3/27/2020

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