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Investigators at Cleveland Clinic (USA) have developed a new tool called CRC-PRO that allows clinicians to quickly and accurately predict an individual’s risk of colorectal cancer.
How They Developed the CRC-PRO Tool: To develop the Colorectal Cancer Predicted Risk Online tool, Brain Wells, MD, PhD and colleagues analyzed over 180,000 patients from a longitudinal study conducted at the University of Hawaii. Patients were followed for up to 11.5 years to determine the factors associated with the development of colon or rectal cancer.
“Creating a risk calculator that includes multiple risk factors offers clinicians a means to more accurately predict risk than the simple age-based cut-offs currently used in clinical practice,” said Dr. Wells. “Clinicians could decide to screen high-risk patients earlier than age 50, while delaying or foregoing screening in low-risk individuals.”
My Take: The Multiethnic Cohort Study include a diverse population. Previously, most research in this area has been performed predominately among whites. Because cancer risk varies dramatically by race, this tool is especially helpful. I think that risk prediction tools such as this will allow us to customize screening for individuals, in addition to pushing higher risk individuals to improve lifestyle factors linked to colorectal and other cancers. I’m Dr. Michael Hunter. Talk to your doctor about this valuable tool, available at http://www.r-calc.com/ExistingFormulas.aspx?filter=CCQHS
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