Disregard what is currently accepted as state of the art, reimagine the present as an imperfect stepping stone and envision a future in which colorectal cancer (CRC) screening and surveillance are optimized. This was the direction for attendees of AGA’s consensus conference — Colorectal Cancer Screening and Surveillance: Role of Emerging Technology and Innovation to Improve Outcomes.
The AGA Center for GI Innovation and Technology invited leading academic and industry experts to a working meeting to identify barriers to the optimization of CRC screening and surveillance, and to define a roadmap for overcoming these barriers.
- Although colonoscopy is widely considered to be an excellent tool for CRC screening and surveillance, barriers to optimal effectiveness exist. Barriers include lack of access to health care, financial cost, suboptimal uptake even among individuals with health insurance and financial resources, imperfect adherence to guidelines, and development of early-age and interval cancers despite adherence to guidelines.
- Novel cost-effective, sensitive, specific and personalized strategies are needed to address these barriers.
To read about the emerging technologies discussed at the meeting, review the meeting summary in Gastroenterology.