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Task Force Updates Findings on Interventions to Boost Cancer Screening

Updated Reviews and Findings Added to The Community Guide: Increasing Breast, Cervical, and Colorectal Cancer Screening

The Community Preventive Services Task Force issued the following findings, based on updated systematic reviews conducted by Community Guide scientists and partners. Click on an underlined intervention title below for a summary of the review and full-text articles.

Findings that changed, based on the new review, are in bold print.

Intervention Original Finding Updated Finding
INCREASING COMMUNITY DEMAND FOR SCREENING:
Group Education
Breast cancer screening Insufficient Evidence Recommended: Sufficient Evidence
Cervical cancer screening Insufficient Evidence Insufficient Evidence
Colorectal cancer screening Insufficient Evidence Insufficient Evidence
One-on-One Education
Breast cancer screening Recommended: Strong Evidence Recommended: Strong Evidence
Cervical cancer screening Recommended: Strong Evidence Recommended: Strong Evidence
Colorectal cancer screening with fecal occult blood testing (FOBT) Insufficient Evidence Recommended: Sufficient Evidence
Colorectal cancer screening by colonoscopy or flexible sigmoidoscopy Insufficient Evidence Insufficient Evidence
Client Reminders
Breast cancer screening Recommended: Strong Evidence Recommended: Strong Evidence
Cervical cancer screening Recommended: Strong Evidence Recommended: Strong Evidence
Colorectal cancer screening by fecal occult blood test (FOBT) Recommended: Sufficient Evidence Recommended: Strong Evidence
Colorectal cancer screening by colonoscopy or flexible sigmoidoscopy Insufficient Evidence Insufficient Evidence
Client Incentives
Breast cancer screening Insufficient Evidence Insufficient Evidence
Cervical cancer screening Insufficient Evidence Insufficient Evidence
Colorectal cancer screening Insufficient Evidence Insufficient Evidence
Mass Media
Breast cancer screening Insufficient Evidence Insufficient Evidence
Cervical cancer screening Insufficient Evidence Insufficient Evidence
Colorectal cancer screening Insufficient Evidence Insufficient Evidence
INCREASING COMMUNITY ACCESS TO SCREENING:
Reducing Structural Barriers
Breast cancer screening Recommended: Strong Evidence Recommended: Strong Evidence
Cervical cancer screening Insufficient Evidence Insufficient Evidence
Colorectal cancer screening by fecal occult blood testing (FOBT) Recommended: Strong Evidence Recommended: Strong Evidence
Colorectal cancer screening by colonoscopy or flexible sigmoidoscopy Insufficient Evidence Insufficient Evidence
Reducing Out-of-Pocket Costs
Breast cancer screening Recommended: Sufficient Evidence Recommended: Sufficient Evidence
Cervical cancer screening Insufficient Evidence Insufficient Evidence
Colorectal cancer screening Insufficient Evidence Insufficient Evidence
INCREASING PROVIDER DELIVERY OR PROMOTION OF SCREENING:
Provider Assessment and Feedback
Breast cancer screening Recommended: Sufficient Evidence Recommended: Sufficient Evidence
Cervical cancer screening Recommended: Sufficient Evidence Recommended: Sufficient Evidence
Colorectal cancer screening by fecal occult blood test (FOBT) Recommended: Sufficient Evidence Recommended: Sufficient Evidence
Colorectal cancer screening by colonoscopy or flexible sigmoidoscopy Insufficient Evidence Insufficient Evidence
Provider Incentives
Breast cancer screening Insufficient Evidence Insufficient Evidence
Cervical cancer screening Insufficient Evidence Insufficient Evidence
Colorectal cancer screening Insufficient Evidence Insufficient Evidence

Learn more about other Community Guide systematic reviews by visiting Community Guide topics.