The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently suggested in the Journal of American Medical Association that the X colorectal screening method no longer be used. Although colonoscopies remain the preferred method for polyp detection, USPTF encouraged doctors to offer the following other screening methods in order to detect colorectal cancers sooner:
- Annual fecal immunochemical test (FIT)
- Annual high-sensitivity fecal occult blood test (FOBT)
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy testing — similar to a colonoscopy but involving only the lower colon
The task force concluded that screening is more important than the specific methodology:
Screening for colorectal cancer is a substantially underused preventive health strategy in the United States. In the current recommendation, instead of emphasizing specific screening approaches, the [task force] has instead chosen to highlight that there is convincing evidence that colorectal cancer screening substantially reduces deaths from the disease among adults aged 50 to 75 years and that not enough adults in the United States are using this effective preventive intervention.
By underscoring the importance of colorectal screenings and offering noninvasive options, this is yet another area where care coordination can aid both patient and health care provider.