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Prevention And Early Detection Of Colorectal Cancer Slide Set

The slide presentation, A Call to Action: Prevention and Early Detection of Colorectal CancerThe slide presentation,A Call to Action: Prevention and Early Detection of Colorectal Cancer, was developed to generate a greater awareness among primary care providers (i.e., physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners) of the importance of prevention and early detection of colorectal cancer.

Overall Goals

The overall goals of the slide presentation are to

  • Raise primary care providers’ awareness about prevention and early detection of colorectal cancer and increase their intention to screen;

  • Improve primary care providers’ knowledge regarding the research, education, and screening issues surrounding colorectal cancer; and

  • Provide tools to aid providers in assisting their patients in selecting a colorectal cancer screening option.

Learning Objectives

After attending this presentation, participants should be able to

  • Describe the appropriate screening options for colorectal cancer;

  • Describe the current issues surrounding screening for colorectal cancer; and

  • Identify barriers and potential solutions to screening for colorectal cancer.

Presenting this slide presentation to primary care providers will enable them to be better prepared to recommend screening for the prevention and early detection of colorectal cancer to their patients.

NEW... Slide Set Available For Health Providers' Use

CDC encourages health care providers to download and present any of these slides to their colleagues. The knowledge gained as a result of attending this presentation will enable primary care providers to be better prepared to recommend screening for the prevention and early detection of colorectal cancer to their patients.


The following providers were instrumental in the development of the slide presentation: Michael Pignone, M.D., M.P.H., University of North Carolina; Laura Seeff, M.D., Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and Richard Wender, M.D., Thomas Jefferson University.

View this 53-slide presentation online.
(Slides and talking notes included)

Download this 53-slide presentation.
(Slides and "notes" view included)


You may want to provide the following materials as accompanying handouts to the presentation.

Speakers Available

If your organization would like a nationally recognized speaker to present a live delivery of this training at a national or regional professional conference, please contact

Information Resources

To obtain additional information on colorectal cancer screening, please contact the following organizations:

Colorectal Cancer Screening Recommendations
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

American Cancer Society*

Interdisciplinary Task Force*

Screen for Life/National Colorectal Cancer Action Campaign
Division of Cancer Prevention and Control
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable*

For more information please contact the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Mail Stop K–64
4770 Buford Highway, NE
Atlanta, GA 30341–3717
(770) 488-4751
Voice Information System: 1 (888) 842-6355
Fax (770) 488-4760

This Web site is intended for information only and is not a substitute for medical care or treatment by a qualified professional. It is copied with the permission of the CDC who urges health professionals to disperse the information provided. However, it is important to remember that any person who has or might have a health problem should consult a professional health care provider.

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