Screening for Colon Cancer: What's New

Activity Details
  • Credit Amounts:
    • CNE: 1.20
    • UNTHSC: 1.00
    • Physicians: 1.00
  • Cost: Free
  • Release: Mar 8, 2017
  • Expires: Mar 8, 2019
  • Estimated Time to Complete:
    1 Hour(s)
  • System Requirements:
  • Average User Rating:
    (3 Ratings)


Monte Troutman Monte Troutman, DO, FACOI
Associate Professor of Medicine Department of Internal Medicine
UNT Health Science Center
Fort Worth, Texas

Needs Statement

Presentation Summary

Screening helps identify cancer or pre-cancer in patients who have no symptoms of the disease. Colorectal cancer screening is one of the most effective tools used to prevent colorectal cancer.  The primary care provider needs to know the risk categories associated with colorectal cancer screening, which test to select for which patient and how to talk to patients about screening.   This presentation discusses the difference between surveillance and screening, and current screening tests and their application.  Finally, it will offer strategies for discussing the benefits of screening with patients.

Target Audience

This activity was planned to address the educational needs of physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses and public health professionals.



  • recall the risk categories of colorectal cancer screening
  • recognize the difference between screening and surveillance
  • apply the newer screening test strategies to improve screening numbers
  • identify who should be screened earlier than 50 years of age
  • discuss with patients the benefits of colorectal cancer screening



UNT Health Science Center is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # 16274. This activity is approved for 1.20 Contact Hours.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center certifies this activity for 1.00 hour of participation.


The University of North Texas Health Science Center is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to award continuing medical education to physicians.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center has requested that the AOA Council on Continuing Medical Education approve this program for 1.00 hour of AOA Category 1B CME credits. Approval is currently pending.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center presents this activity for educational purposes only. Participants are expected to utilize their own expertise and judgment while engaged in the practice of medicine. The content of the presentations is provided solely by presenters who have been selected for presentations because of recognized expertise in their field.

ACGME Competencies

  • Patient care
  • Medical knowledge
  • Interpersonal and communication skills

IOM Competencies

  • Provide patient-centered care
  • Employ evidence-based practice

Faculty Disclosure

Dr. Troutman has nothing to disclose.   The UNT Health Science Center Professional and Continuing Education staff have nothing to disclose.


The activity was supported by TIOPA.