DESCRIPTION: (provided by applicant)
This research will plan and develop a World Wide Web educational site for
patients and physicians to calculate an individual's risk for colon cancer and
determine his or her personalized screening, surveillance, and prevention
program. In addition, the site will provide users with multimedia, interactive
tools to learn about his or her individual screening procedures. The
educational design will include the use of virtual patients and an online
virtual physician to teach patients the significance of colon cancer screening
and what to expect when they receive screening examinations. A related site
will provide primary care physicians with an interactive tool to assess a
patient's risk for cancer and help to recommend the optimal screening
The expected outcome of this research will be high-quality education on cancer
screening and prevention that results in a greater percentage of at-risk
individuals receiving appropriate screening and a decrease in the incidence,
morbidity and mortality from colon cancer.
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