Colorectal cancer 2000. Education and screening are essential if outcomes are to improve

Postgrad Med. 2000 May 1;107(5):96-8, 101-4, 107. doi: 10.3810/pgm.2000.5.1.1059.


Mortality from colorectal cancer is less threatening than it was 10 years ago, but this cancer is still a leading cause of death in the United States and the world. Careful history taking, education about the importance of a high-fiber, low-fat diet and exercise, and regular screening are important steps in improving outcomes. For the busy primary care physician and the equally busy patient, prevention can become a low priority. However, the benefits of early preventive intervention are clearly worth the effort.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adenomatous Polyposis Coli / pathology
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / epidemiology
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / genetics
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / pathology
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / prevention & control*
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / therapy
  • Colorectal Neoplasms, Hereditary Nonpolyposis / pathology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mass Screening / methods
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasm Staging
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Risk Factors
  • United States / epidemiology