Cancer Screening

Jun 15, 2018 Issue
Screening for Ovarian Cancer: Recommendation Statement [U.S. Preventive Services Task Force]

The USPSTF recommends against screening for ovarian cancer in asymptomatic women.

Jun 15, 2018 Issue
FIT More Acceptable with Better Detection Rate Than gFOBT for Colorectal Cancer Screening [POEMs]

FIT is more sensitive and specific than the older guaiac-based fecal occult blood tests (gFOBTs) when screening for colorectal cancer. We now know that it is also more acceptable to patients and increases uptake in a centrally administered screening program.

May 1, 2018 Issue
Top 20 Research Studies of 2017 for Primary Care Physicians [Article]

The latest installment of the top 20 research studies for primary care physicians includes studies on cardiovascular disease and hypertension, infections, diabetes mellitus, musculoskeletal problems, and cancer screening, among other topics. The five highest-rated practice guidelines are also summarized.

Mar 15, 2018 Issue
Screening for Thyroid Cancer [Putting Prevention into Practice]

A 45-year-old Korean American woman comes to your office for a wellness visit. She has a history of allergic rhinitis, and her family history is significant for diabetes mellitus in her father. She describes her health as good and has no concerns.

Mar 15, 2018 Issue
Screening for Thyroid Cancer: Recommendation Statement [U.S. Preventive Services Task Force]

The USPSTF recommends against screening for thyroid cancer in asymptomatic adults.

Feb 1, 2018 Issue
Cancer Screening Recommendations from the ACS: A Summary of the 2017 Guidelines [Practice Guidelines]

Each year, the American Cancer Society (ACS) releases guidelines for health care professionals and patients on current cancer screening recommendations. The annual report updates previous recommendations, provides data on cancer screening rates, and discusses issues relating to early cancer detectio...

Jan 15, 2018 Issue
Colorectal Cancer Screening and Surveillance in Individuals at Increased Risk [Article]

Persons at increased risk of colorectal cancer should undergo more frequent screening than the general population. Find out recommended screening methods, starting ages, and screening intervals for high-risk individuals.

Jul 15, 2017 Issue
High False-Positive Rate with Lung Cancer Screening [POEMs]

If you are thinking about adding lung cancer screening to your delivery of preventive care, be sure to prepare patients. They are likely to receive a positive result, most of the positive results will not be lung cancer, and one in four patients will require additional tracking (i.e., follow-up scans).

May 15, 2017 Issue
Screening for Colorectal Cancer [Putting Prevention into Practice]

A 50-year-old woman presents for a routine visit. She is healthy with no significant medical history, takes no medications, and has no personal or family history of cancer.

May 15, 2017 Issue
Should Screening Techniques for Colorectal Cancer All Have an 'A' Recommendation? No: When It Comes to Colorectal Cancer Screening, Test Choice Matters [Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine]

The AAFP will continue to evaluate different screening tests as more research becomes available, but currently can endorse only those options that have the strongest evidence that benefits exceed harms.

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