The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has embarked on a landmark study to understand which test is best for colorectal cancer screening. The CONFIRM trial is a large randomized study directly evaluating the two most commonly used approaches to colorectal cancer screening in the United States. Specifically, the study will compare an annual stool-based fecal immunochemical test (or FIT) to a one-time screening colonoscopy. The study is intended to provide a definitive answer to the question of which test is best. 40,000 participants have already enrolled in the study through study coordinators at 40 VA centers. The results of the study are still many years away. For more information on becoming a participate, visit ClinicalTrials.gov.
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