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  • September 2021 | Snapshot

  • Building Health System Capacity to Address Medical Misinformation and Improve Colorectal Cancer Screening

    Dr. Brian Southwell is Senior Director of the Science in the Public Sphere Program in the Center for Communication Science at RTI International. He is a social scientist who oversees quantitative and qualitative research to assess risk perceptions, mental models of scientific concepts, and public trust in science and scientists. Southwell also is an active participant in efforts to address public understanding of science through peer-reviewed publications as well as public commentary, talks in venues such as the Aspen Ideas Festival, and advising for projects such as NOVA Science Studio.

  • Presentation: Current Guidelines for Colorectal Cancer Screening

    Jeff Hostetter, MD is the Program Director for the Family Practice Residency at UND’s Center for Family Medicine in Bismarck. Dr. Hostetter has practiced at Standing Rock Indian Health Services Hospital in Fort Yates.  Dr. Hostetter is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, Washington, with special training in Indian Health Pathway and wound care. He completed his Family Medicine Residency at the UND Center for Family Medicine in Bismarck (the recipient of the “Buckingham Award” as the Outstanding Family Medicine Resident for North Dakota in 2003); he has also served as both an Assistant Professor and Community Faculty Preceptor during his tenure at UND’s Center for Family Medicine. His research includes work on Hepatitis C treatment and Resident education. Dr. Hostetter’s interests are in Native American health, cultural awareness and providing care to rural and underserved communities.

  • USPSTF Updates CRC Screening Recommendations

    May 18, 2021 - The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released a final Recommendation, Evidence Summary, and Modeling Study on screening for colorectal cancer. The primary difference from the previous 2016 recommendation is that average risk adults are now recommended to start screening at age 45, in alignment with the American Cancer Society’s 2018 recommendation.

    The recommendation to begin screening at age 45 follows a growing body of research indicating a rising incidence of colorectal cancer in young adults as incidence declines in older age groups. The median age of diagnosis has dropped from age 72 in 2001-2002 to age 66 during 2015-2016. Half of all new diagnoses are in people 66 or younger.

    Although some health plans have already begun to cover colorectal cancer screening beginning at age 45 following the ACS’s 2018 recommendation, under the Affordable Care Act, coverage of screening by most commercial plans beginning at age 45 will now be mandated by law.

  • Dr. Jeff Hostetter on the Importance of Regular Cancer Screening During COVID-19

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