On February 2–4, 2010, NCI and the NIH Office of Medical Applications of Research will convene a state-of-the-science conference on enhancing the use and quality of colorectal cancer screening. The conference will be held at the Natcher Conference Center on the NIH campus and will address the following key questions:
- What are the recent trends in the use and quality of colorectal cancer screening?
- Which factors influence the use of colorectal cancer screening?
- Which strategies are effective in increasing the appropriate use of colorectal cancer screening and follow up?
- What are the current and projected capacities to deliver colorectal cancer screening and surveillance at the population level?
- What are the effective approaches for monitoring the use and quality of colorectal cancer screening?
- What research is needed to make the most progress and have the greatest public health impact in promoting the appropriate use of colorectal cancer screening?
Invited experts will present information pertinent to these questions, and a systematic literature review will be summarized. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide statements during open discussion periods. After weighing the scientific evidence, an independent panel will prepare and present a consensus statement addressing the key conference questions.
The conference is free and open to the public, but advance registration is recommended. Please visit http://consensus.nih.gov/2010/colorectal.htm for more information and to register.