Understanding Colorectal Cancer: Clinical Diagnosis & Staging

Dr. Vernon Mustoe, Medical Affairs Managers, Beckman Coulter

Colorectal Cancer (CRC) is a common, yet preventable disease that affects 140,000 individuals annually. The lifetime probability rate of developing CRC is about 1 in 20, or 5%, of every man and woman. Rare before age 40, 90% of CRC cases occur after age 50.

Early CCR usually presents with no symptoms. Regular screening aids in the detection of, and consequently prevention of, CRC. Screening helps to detect polyps and prompt removal before becoming cancerous, resulting in a better prognosis. Importantly, CCR mortality has declined over the past 3 years largely due to increased screening.

This webinar describes the basis of CRC disease, inclusive of the different stages of colorectal cancer. It also outlines the current screening guidelines and various screening approaches. Knowledge of the different testing methods and affiliated lifestyle factors helps to improve patient care, manage healthcare resources efficiently, and effectively save lives. The webinar concludes with a summary of the current treatment options.

About the speaker

Dr. Vernon Mustoe is one of Beckman Coulter’s Medical Affairs Managers, supporting customers with advanced clinical and technical issues. Having obtained his undergraduate and graduate degrees from New York University, Dr. Mustoe has spent over 23 years in the clinical laboratory.

Most recently, Dr. Mustoe was the Director of Clinical Chemistry and Assistant Director of Laboratory Services at Sisters of Charity Medical Center in Staten Island, New York.  

Additionally, Dr. Mustoe has taught Clinical Pathology at the Bayley Seton Physician Assistant School, as well as Clinical and Anatomic Pathology at the College of Staten Island Campus of the City University of New York.  Dr. Mustoe has been with Beckman Coulter since 2001.

Who should watch this on-demand webinar?

Any one responsible for POC testing in hospital or POC setting

This webinar will guide you through the following:

  • Describe the importance of colorectal cancer in terms of incidences and deaths, and the basis of disease
  • Recognize the stages of colorectal cancer
  • Outline the current screening guidelines for colorectal cancer
  • Summarize the current treatment options for colorectal cancer


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