Development and validation of a clinical score for predicting risk of adenoma at screening colonoscopy

Aasma Shaukat, Timothy R. Church, Ryan Shanley, Noah D. Kauff, Michael J. O'Brien, Glenn M. Mills, Paul A. Jordan, John A. Allen, Adam Kim, Andrew D. Feld, Ann Graham Zauber, Sidney J. Winawer

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Background: Currently, no clinical tools use demographic and risk factor information to predict the risk of finding an adenoma in individuals undergoing colon cancer screening. Such a tool would be valuable for identifying those who would most benefit from screening colonoscopy. Methods: We used baseline data from men and women who underwent screening colonoscopy from the randomized, multicenter National Colonoscopy Study (NCS) to develop and validate an adenoma risk model. The study, conducted at three sites in the United States (Minneapolis,MN; Seattle, WA; and Shreveport, LA) asked all participants to complete baseline questionnaires on clinical risk factors and family history.Model parameters estimated fromlogistic regressionyielded an areaunder the receiveroperating characteristic curve (AUROCC) used to assess prediction. Results: Five hundred forty-one subjects were included in the development model, and 1,334 in the validation of the risk score. Variables in the prediction of adenoma risk for colonoscopy screening were age (likelihood ratio test for overall contribution to model, P < 0.001), male sex (P < 0.001), body mass index (P < 0.001), family history of at least one first-degree relative with colorectal cancer (P = 0.036), and smoking history (P < 0.001). The adjusted AUROCC of 0.67 [95% confidence interval (CI), 0.61-0.74] for the derivation cohort was not statistically significantly different from that in the validation cohort. The adjusted AUROCC for the entire cohort was 0.64 (95% CI, 0.60-0.67). Conclusion: We developed and validated a simple well-calibrated risk score. Impact: This tool may be useful for estimating risk of adenomas in screening eligible men and women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)913-920
Number of pages8
JournalCancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2015

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