The WEO Colorectal Cancer Screening Committee (CRC SC) held its annual meeting in the North American region. The event took place under the leadership of Professor Linda Rabeneck (Canada), WEO CRC SC Global Chair, and Professor Robert Schoen (USA), WEO CRC SC Regional Chair for the Americas, at the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile hotel just preceding the DDW.

The CRC SC meeting began with morning breakout sessions, where six WEO CRC SC Expert Working Group (EWG) meetings were held in two parallel sessions. Each break out session was for a specific subject and included the Right-sided lesions and interval cancers, Colonoscopy screening trials, WEO Coalition to reduce inequities in CRC Screening, FIT for Screening, Surveillance after colorectal neoplasia and Image Enhanced Endoscopy (IEE) EWGs.

The afternoon plenary session, contained numerous presentations from leading experts. More than 195 participants from 27 countries attended the plenary session and Expert Working Group meetings!

The faculty included 28 international experts and covered a wide range of topics in three sessions of presentations on the long-term risk of colorectal cancer, FIT testing, and Risk groups/Evaluating risk. Each session was followed by an interactive discussion about the latest research and controversies in the field.

Overlooking the bustling Magnificent Mile, participants had the chance to network with their colleagues from all over the world during lunch and coffee breaks.

Participants consider the CRC SC meetings to be the world´s leading scientific meetings in the field. The attendees commented on the outstanding work of the Expert Working Groups, cutting-edge scientific presentations during the plenary session and appreciated the opportunity to network with leading individuals in the field. Overall, the WEO CRC SC meeting was the perfect start to an exciting DDW in Chicago.

Presentations from the Chicago WEO CRC SC meeting can be accessed via the WEO website.

Plans for the rest of 2017 include meetings in Hong Kong in September, during APDW 2017; followed by Barcelona in October, preceding UEG Week 2017.  The final meeting this year will be held in Brasilia in November, during SBAD 2017.

In 2018, the CRC SC meeting will be held in Washington D.C. on June 1, immediately preceding DDW.

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The Colorectal Cancer Screening Committee (CRC SC) focuses on the science and practice of colorectal cancer screening. The goals of the WEO CRC SC are to provide international fora for topics related to colorectal cancer screening and surveillance, to promote innovation and effective delivery of colorectal cancer screening and surveillance and to collaborate in addressing issues and gaps in colorectal cancer screening and surveillance.

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