About the Colorectal Cancer Risk Assessment Calculator
The Colorectal Risk Assessment Tool (CCRAT) is based on the first absolute risk model for colorectal cancer incidence. The model was developed using data from:
- two large US population-based case-control studies of colon and rectal cancer,
- incidence data from 13 NCI Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) registries, and
- national mortality rates
The tool uses the information about risk and preventive factors to calculate a patient's absolute risk of colorectal cancer for a specific time period.
The model was tested in a large population of non-Hispanic whites and has been shown to be accurate in predicting absolute risk from ages 50 to 85. It has not been tested for ages 45 to 49. Relative risks for other racial or ethnic groups could not be estimated; the tool uses SEER incidence rates for black/African American, Asian American/Pacific Islander, and Hispanic/Latino populations to produce estimates for men and women in these populations. As more data becomes available, researchers will be able to test and validate the tool for these populations.
The tool will be updated periodically as new data or research becomes available. In addition, it may prove useful to researchers who are designing clinical intervention studies.
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The CCRAT may be updated periodically as new data or research become available. In March 2019, NCI researchers updated the incidence rates for colorectal cancer used in the CCRAT model. The current incidence data are from SEER 18 in the period 2010 through 2015. Risk estimates calculated prior to March 2019 differ from those calculated today. The current software version is 1.2.
Version 1.2 includes the following updates:
- Changed population incidence rates for colorectal cancer to SEER 18 in the period 2010-2015
- Eliminated 10-year risk estimates from the results page.
- Added risk estimates for individuals aged 45-49.
To project absolute colorectal cancer risk, according to the CCRAT algorithm, download the SAS macro or Gauss program, useful for projecting risk for an entire study population (there are separate files for the models for men and women).
The Gauss program also computes 95% confidence intervals for risk projections.
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