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  • Stage APre-assessment
  • Stage BAction
  • Stage CPost-assessment

This module qualifies as an ABFM Part IV activity. 

Colorectal cancer (CRC)—cancer of the colon or rectum—is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States among both men and women and the third leading cause death in both men and women.[1] When men and women are combined in a single group, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death.[1] []

The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2020 there will be:[1]

  • 104,610  new cases of colon cancer
  • 43,340 new cases of rectal cancer
  • 53,200 deaths

The lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is 4.4% for men and 4.1% for women.[1] The median age for a diagnosis for colon cancer is 68 years in men and 72 years in women, while the median age for rectal cancer is 63 years for both men and women.[3] []

In addition to age, the risk factors for developing CRC include family or personal history of CRC or colorectal polyps, hereditary syndromes such as familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) or hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC), personal history of chronic inflammatory bowel disease. [4] In addition to these risk factors, race also plays a risk factor role. African Americans have the highest colorectal cancer incidence and mortality rates of all racial groups and Jews of Eastern European descent (Ashkenazi Jews) have the highest risk for developing colorectal cancer than any other ethnic group.[4-6] Lifestyle factors, such as obesity, physical inactivity, smoking, heavy alcohol consumption, a diet high in red or processed meat, and inadequate fruit and vegetable intake, are also associated with an increased risk of developing colorectal cancer.[4]

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PI WorkflowRequirementStart DateStatusCompletion Date
Stage A
Self Assessment
Chart Audit out of Completed
QIP Selection out of
Stage B
Action Phase
Stage C
Self Assessment
Chart Audit out of Completed
Program Evaluation
Program CompletionIn Progress