A collection of resources focused on patient education on Colorectal Cancer and Colorectal Cancer Screening.

CRC Disease Overview:

Listed below are resources to help navigate what CRC is and learn more about its potential causes, symptoms, prevention, diagnosis, and treatments:

1. ACS: Colorectal Cancer (Español)

2. AAFP: Colon Cancer

3. CCA: What is Colorectal Cancer?

4. CDC: Colorectal (Colon) Cancer (Español)

5. Fight Colorectal Cancer: Screening Mini Magazine

6. Mayo Clinic: Colon Cancer (Español) ( العربي ة ) (简体中文)

7. MedlinePlus: Colorectal Cancer (Español)


When Should CRC Screening Begin?

Information about risk assessments, guidance, and motivation to begin screening can be found here:

1. ACS: Guideline for Colorectal Cancer Screening (Español)

2. ASGE: Colorectal Cancer Screening

3. CCA: Get Screened Quiz

4. CCA: Who Should Be Screened and When

5. NCCRT: Sample Risk Assessment Screening Algorithm

6. NCCRT: Motivational Messages to Black & African American People for Colorectal Cancer Screening

7. NIH: Colorectal Cancer Risk Assessment Tool


CRC Screening Tests:

There are many different CRC screening methods utilized by providers and patients. Learn more about the invasive and non-invasive options available, as well as if there are pre-test preparation requirements for certain tests.

1. ACS: Colorectal Cancer Screening- What Are My Options?

2. CCA: Screening Methods

3. Fight Colorectal Cancer: Colorectal Cancer Screening

4. HHS: Colorectal Cancer Screening- Which Test Would I Prefer?

5. Mayo Clinic: Colon Cancer Screening- Weighing the Options (Español) ( العربي ة ) (简体中文)

6. MedlinePlus: Colorectal Cancer Screening Tests (Español)

7. NCCRT: Colonoscopy Needs Calculator and Communication Education Portal

8. NIH: Colorectal Cancer Screening PDQ®- Patient Version (Español)


Why is Screening for CRC So Important?

Detecting CRC earlier can change the landscape for treatment and other health
outcomes. Read more about it here:

1. ACG: Colorectal Cancer Prevention- Getting Back on Track

2. CDC: Colorectal Cancer Print Materials (Español)

3. Exact Sciences: Screening Has Meaning (Español)


CRC Screening: What is Covered by Insurance?

Insurance coverage for CRC screening tests may differ among individuals. Patients
and providers are recommended to consult individual insurance companies for
more information. Learn about coverage here:

1. ACS: Insurance Coverage for Colorectal Cancer Screening (Español)

2. AGA: Colorectal Cancer Screening- What to Expect When Paying

3. Medicare: CRC Screening Coverage Resources (Español)


Other Helpful Resources for Patients and Providers:

Videos, podcasts, apps, handouts & brochures, posters, presentations, and many more can
be found here:

1. ACS: Education Materials For Your Patients

2. ACS: Hospital Systems Capacity Building Initiative

3. ACS: Tests to Diagnose and Stage Colorectal Cancer (Español)

4. ACS CARESTM (Community Access to Resources, Education, and Support) App

5. CDC: Colorectal Cancer Resources to Share (Español)

6. CDC: Colorectal Cancer Screening- Screen for Life (Español)

7. NCCRT: How Can Survivors & Families Save More Lives from Colorectal

8. NCCRT: NCCN Colorectal Cancer Screening Guidelines for Patients (2021)

9. NCCRT: Steps For Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates: A Manual For Primary Care Practices


AAFP= American Academy of Family Physicians; ACS= American Cancer Society; ACG= American College of Gastroenterology; AGA=
American Gastroenterological Association; ASGE= American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy; CCA= Colorectal Cancer Alliance;
CDC= Centers for Disease Prevention and Control; HHS= U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; NCCRT= National Colorectal
Cancer Roundtable; NIH= National Institutes of Health

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Last updated: 08/03/23