Colorectal Cancer Screening

The American Cancer Society estimates that 147,950 new cases of Colorectal Cancer (CRC) will occur in 2020. Prevention and early detection of CRC can prevent new cases and deaths from occurring. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2019), in Texas, only 60% of adults 50-75 have been screened for CRC. This activity will discuss the latest guidelines and methods for colorectal cancer screening and why increasing rates are important to health professionals. This activity was designed for physicians, medical assistants, nurses and public health workers.

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Learning Targets

  • Participants will be able to describe colorectal cancer screening rates and why increasing rates are important to their practice.
  • Participants will be able to explain the current American Cancer Society colorectal cancer screening guidelines and the rationale behind the recommendation.
  • Participants will be able to identify challenges in implementing the 45-year-old screening age and ways to overcome the challenges.
  • Participants will be able to explain the different methods of colorectal cancer screening.
  • Participants will be able to identify best practices to increase colorectal cancer screening rates in a variety of settings and roles. 

Learning Goal

  • Nursing Participants will increase their knowledge of the latest guidelines and methods for colorectal cancer screening and identify best practices to increase colorectal cancer screening rates in their setting and role. 

Learning Outcome

  • Nursing Participants will identify the best practices for colorectal cancer screening to increase screening rates in their professional setting.


Richard C. Wender, MD, Chief Cancer Officer for the American Cancer Society

Dr. Wender leads the organization’s domestic and global cancer control strategies, with a focus on access, navigation, and health equity. He guides the organization’s efforts toward the goal of ensuring everyone has an equal opportunity to live a healthy life and receive high-quality care across the entire spectrum of cancer, from prevention to diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship.

The American Cancer Society named Dr. Wender as its first-ever chief cancer control officer in 2013. Prior to joining the staff, he provided extensive volunteer leadership at the organization’s state and local levels. In 2006, he was elected national president of the American Cancer Society, becoming the first primary care physician to serve in this capacity.

Dr. Wender worked for more than three decades as a family physician in the department of family and community medicine at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. From 2002 until 2013, he was the alumni professor and chair of the department. During his tenure, the department created innovative programs in several areas, including developing one of the first geriatric oncology collaborations in the country.

He has led numerous initiatives to improve preventive care and chronic disease management, with a focus on cancer prevention and control. He is a pioneer of the patient-centred medical home, and he currently serves as chair of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable. Dr. Wender has authored more than 100 articles and chapters and co-authored several cancer screening guidelines.

Honored numerous times for his leadership in medicine, Dr. Wender has been recognized with the Laurel for Cancer Prevention Leadership from the Prevent Cancer Foundation, and the St. George Medal from the American Cancer Society.

Dr. Wender earned his bachelor of science degree from Princeton University, is a graduate of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and completed his family medicine residency at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.


Faculty and Disclosures

In accordance with the appropriate accrediting bodies, all planners, teachers, and authors with control over activity content are required to disclose to the provider any relevant financial relationships (those held by the planner or significant other, currently or within the last 12 months) with commercial interests. Accredited providers are required to provide this information to learners before the start of an activity.

The UNT Health Science Center INCEDO office planning team has nothing to disclose.

Dr. Richard Wender has nothing to disclose as faculty for this module.

Jessica Rangel has nothing to disclose as a Nursing Planner for this module.

Accreditation Statement


The University of North Texas Health Science Center is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to award continuing medical education to physicians. The University of North Texas Health Science Center has requested that the AOA Council on Continuing Medical Education approve this program for 1.0 hours of AOA Category 2B credit. Approval is currently pending.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of North Texas Health Science Center, and the American Cancer Society. The University of North Texas Health Science Center is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of North Texas Health Science Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ACGME Competencies

  • Patient care and Procedural Skills
  • Medical Knowledge
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills



UNT Health Science Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association ­ Approver, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. This activity provides up to 1 contact hours. Approved Provider ID: 16­274238­ (03/11/2020 to 06/26/2020)

Nursing - California Board of Nursing
UNT Health Science Center is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # 16274. This activity is approved for 1 Contact Hours. (06/26/2020 to 03/13/2022)

This activity is approved for 1.0 credit(s) accepted by the National Board of Public Health Examiners' Certified Public Health (CPH) recertification program.


The University of North Texas Health Science Center certifies this activity for 1.0 hour of participation



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Institutional Review Board

Data collected as part of this activity may be analyzed as part of educational research to study the effectiveness of interventions. This project is included under UNTHSC IRB protocol #2017-056.

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