Commentary: In the last few years, we have seen a surge in referrals for colonoscopy because of an increase in public and physician awareness of the need for colorectal cancer (CRC) screening. Colonoscopy has become one of the most important screening tools for CRC, because it can provide diagnosis and treatment in 1 visit. In this review, Dr Rex presents the arguments for CRC screening and offers easy-to-follow guidelines for referral to a gastroenterologist. In addition, different CRC screening modalities are presented, and a compelling argument is provided for the usage of colonoscopy as the leading screening strategy. Most importantly, the limitations of screening tools commonly used by primary care physicians are discussed. - Ronnie Fass, MD, Editor.
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- Family Practice