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Original Release Date: October 2008

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Archived: Recommendation Summary

Summary of Recommendations

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Adults, beginning at age 50 years and continuing until age 75 years

The USPSTF recommends screening for colorectal cancer using fecal occult blood testing, sigmoidoscopy, or colonoscopy in adults, beginning at age 50 years and continuing until age 75 years. The risks and benefits of these screening methods vary.  
 

The USPSTF recommends the service. There is high certainty that the net benefit is substantial.
Adults age 76 to 85 years

The USPSTF recommends against routine screening for colorectal cancer in adults 76 to 85 years of age. There may be considerations that support colorectal cancer screening in an individual patient. 
 

The USPSTF recommends against routinely providing the service. There may be considerations that support providing the service in an individual patient. There is at least moderate certainty that the net benefit is small.
Adults older than age 85 years

The USPSTF recommends against screening for colorectal cancer in adults older than age 85 years. 
 

The USPSTF recommends against the service. There is moderate or high certainty that the service has no net benefit or that the harms outweigh the benefits
Computed Tomographic Colonography and Fecal DNA testing as screening modalities

The USPSTF concludes that the evidence is insufficient to assess the benefits and harms of computed tomographic colonography and fecal DNA testing as screening modalities for colorectal cancer. 

The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of the service. Evidence is lacking, of poor quality, or conflicting, and the balance of benefits and harms cannot be determined.

This topic page summarizes the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer.

Release Date: October 2008

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Archived: Clinical Summary

Clinical summaries are one-page documents that provide guidance to primary care clinicians for using recommendations in practice.

This summary is intended for use by primary care clinicians.

 
Current as of: July 2015

Internet Citation: Final Update Summary: Colorectal Cancer: Screening. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. July 2015.
http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Page/Document/UpdateSummaryFinal/colorectal-cancer-screening

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