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Effective nurse-led approaches to reduce colorectal cancer

Author: Paul Beland

Duration: 2 hours Last updated: 2019 Quality Assurance: Peer-reviewed Level: Qualified nurses Language: English

Course description

The aim of this module is to help nurses to consider the risk of colorectal cancer and to review what outcomes screening and early diagnosis of the disease may offer the patient. Understanding the lifestyle origins of the disease and why diagnosis sometimes occurs quite late in its progression highlight the importance of screening.

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Learning aims and intended outcomes

  • Summarise the threat that colorectal cancer poses and indicate why it is diagnosed so late in many cases
  • Explore the health advice implications of known colorectal cancer risk factors that people should be alerted to, as they examine whether or not they are living healthy lives
  • Understand the Dukes' system for staging colorectal cancer disease progression
  • Outline screening measures that can help identify colorectal cancer earlier and inform patients how to supply appropriate faecal specimens for laboratory analysis
  • Describe the benefits of the NHS bowel screening programme as a more strategic response to colorectal cancer diagnosis and treatment


  • Incidence
  • Risk factors
  • Physical activity
  • Prevention
  • Screening
  • Conclusions


Paul Beland
Specialist nurse, palliative care, Macmillan and Hudson Palliative care centre, Wisbech.


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  • Incidence
  • Risk factors
  • Physical activity
  • Prevention
  • Screening
  • Conclusions

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