Colorectal cancer: Is your patient at high risk? - A CME program

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most common cancer site in the United States. While the average person has a 5% lifetime risk for developing CRC, individuals with hereditary cancer syndromes have up to 100% risk. Healthcare providers in all settings can help identify individuals and families at increased risk for these syndromes through asking the right questions.

Colorectal cancer: Is your patient at high risk? is a free, online education program for primary care providers. This program is divided into four modules: Assessing Risk, Genetic Testing, Risk Communication and Counseling, and Screening and Surveillance. Each module takes learners through a series of patient scenarios and provide access to point-of-care tools to help address patient issues and concerns. The program covers the most common hereditary CRC syndromes, Lynch syndrome and familial adenomatous polyposis.  It provides strategies for counseling patients before and after genetic testing, approaches to communicating risk, and tools to help you collaborate with a geneticist or other specialist.

The program is freely available and eligible for CME provided through the American Medical Association (AMA). Physicians have a choice of earning up to 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM through taking the program as traditional CME or up to 20.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM by taking it as a performance-improvement activity.

The National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics and the AMA collaborated to develop this program. This program was supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Myriad Genetics, VHA Contract #VA200P0034, and AMA.