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Funding Agency:

VA Health Services Research & Development

Principal Investigator:

Corrine Voils, PhD

Division:

General Surgery

Project Summary:

People with a family history of colorectal cancer (CRC) are at increased risk for developing CRC themselves. A standardized, accurate method is needed to collect family health history from patients to determine what age to start screening, how often to be screened, and what type of screening test is appropriate. We are testing a process of collecting family history of CRC from patients, using the information to determine risk for CRC, and providing CRC screening recommendations to patients and primary care providers. If this process results in more appropriate referrals to CRC screening and genetic consultation, and increases patient use of recommended tests, then this program could be expanded for other cancers and diseases for which family history increases risk.

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