AGA White Paper: Roadmap for the Future of Colorectal Cancer Screening in the United States

Joshua E. Melson, Thomas F. Imperiale, Steven H. Itzkowitz, Xavier Llor, Michael L. Kochman, William M. Grady, Robert E. Schoen, Carol A. Burke, Aasma Shaukat, Linda Rabeneck, Uri Ladabaum, Robert Bresalier, Brennan Spiegel, Judy Yee, Thomas Wang, David Lieberman, Srinadh Komanduri, V. Raman Muthusamy, Neelendu Dey

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The American Gastroenterological Association's Center for Gastrointestinal Innovation and Technology convened a consensus conference in December 2018, entitled, “Colorectal Cancer Screening and Surveillance: Role of Emerging Technology and Innovation to Improve Outcomes.” The goal of the conference, which attracted more than 60 experts in screening and related disciplines, including the authors, was to envision a future in which colorectal cancer (CRC) screening and surveillance are optimized, and to identify barriers to achieving that future. This White Paper originates from that meeting and delineates the priorities and steps needed to improve CRC outcomes, with the goal of minimizing CRC morbidity and mortality. A one-size-fits-all approach to CRC screening has not and is unlikely to result in increased screening uptake or desired outcomes owing to barriers stemming from behavioral, cultural, and socioeconomic causes, especially when combined with inefficiencies in deployment of screening technologies. Overcoming these barriers will require the following: efficient utilization of multiple screening modalities to achieve increased uptake; continued development of noninvasive screening tests, with iterative reassessments of how best to integrate new technologies; and improved personal risk assessment to better risk-stratify patients for appropriate screening testing paradigms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2667-2678.e2
JournalClinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Issue number12
StatePublished - Nov 2020


  • Adenoma
  • Advanced Neoplasia
  • Cancer Screening
  • Cancer Screening Risk Assessment
  • Colonoscopy
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal Cancer Screening
  • Polyp

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology


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