A Critical Look at Prevention: Colorectal Cancer Screening

John W. Epling, MD; Cynthia B. Morrow, MD, MPH; Donald A. Cibula, PhD
Date published
Dec, 2003
Last updated
21 Jan 2020


This case—colorectal cancer screening—is one of a series of teaching cases in the Case-Based Series in Population-Oriented Prevention (C-POP). It has been developed for use in medical school and residency prevention curricula. The complete set of cases is presented in this supplement to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. This preventive medicine teaching case discusses the concepts of diagnostic test evaluation, prevention, and screening using the example of colorectal cancer screening. Features of the case include a health policy exercise concerning community screening programs and an exercise in clinical prevention decision making.

(Am J Prev Med 2003;24(4S):139–142) © 2003 American Journal of Preventive Medicine