Colorectal Cancer Patients Have TIME On Their Side
Researchers at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center are trying to test ways to improve colorectal cancer screening participation among patients age 50 and older who are treated within the OSU Primary Care Network.
Compared to screening exams for other cancers, Americans are less likely to obtain regular colorectal cancer screening, said principal investigator Electra Paskett, associate director of Population Sciences at Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center.
A new study, Testing Interventions to Motivate and Educate (TIME), focuses on first understanding why people do not get screened for colorectal cancer and barriers physicians have to recommending screening. TIME will also test both clinic-directed and patient-directed interventions to improve colorectal cancer screening and determine which work best, said Paskett.
Common symptoms associated with colorectal cancer can be genetic and, in patients age 50 and older, include a change in bowel habits, unexplained weight loss, fatigue, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation and bloody stool.