Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Only about half of the people who should get screened do get screened. The American Cancer Society estimates over 49,000 deaths from colorectal cancer in 2011.
Research and evidence suggests that there is not just one good way to be screened for colorectal cancer. Colonosopy, sigmoidoscopy and the home stool test have all been proven to reduce cancer deaths. We hope to improve our national screening numbers by informing both patients and healthcare providers about the different ways to screen for cancer. By helping patients identify their preferences, we hope to enable better conversations between patients and providers that lead to informed decisions about whether and how to get screened.
Gutcheck is designed to give people the experiential and factual information they need in the clearest, most concise way possible. We’ve refined our design with the assistance of many patients and providers, but we are always looking for ways to improve.
We’d love to hear from you about how we’re doing. You can reach us through https://www.cancer.gov/global/contact
Gutcheck is a free and public website that is part of a larger effort to educate the public about Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (also known as Comparative Effectiveness Research). The recommendations presented on this website are based on recommendations from the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) found here: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspscolo.htm.
Other key medical and scientific research that was used is described in these articles and documents:
- American Cancer Society.Colorectal Cancer Facts & Figures 2011-2013. Atlanta; American Cancer Society, 2011. http://www.cancer.org/Research/CancerFactsFigures/ColorectalCancerFactsFigures/colorectal-cancer-facts-figures-2011-2013-page.
Gutcheck has been developed with the assistance of many experts and practicing physicians. We thank them for their generous time, thoughtful comments, and wisdom. In particular, we would like to thank:
Dr. John I Allen, MD, MBA, AGAF
Dr. Michael P Pignone, MD, MPH
Dr. Sandy Schwartz, MD
Dr. Kate Goodrich, MD, MPH
Dr. Zachary Miesel, MD
Dr. Amol Navathe, MD
Dr. Jason Lee, PhD