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Colorectal Cancer: Screening

Release Date: June 2016

Recommendation Summary

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Adults aged 50 to 75 years

The USPSTF recommends screening for colorectal cancer starting at age 50 years and continuing until age 75 years.

The risks and benefits of different screening methods vary. See the Clinical Considerations section and the Table for details about screening strategies.

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

The decision to screen for colorectal cancer in adults aged 76 to 85 years should be an individual one, taking into account the patient’s overall health and prior screening history.

  • Adults in this age group who have never been screened for colorectal cancer are more likely to benefit.
  • Screening would be most appropriate among adults who 1) are healthy enough to undergo treatment if colorectal cancer is detected and 2) do not have comorbid conditions that would significantly limit their life expectancy.
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.

To read the recommendation statement in JAMA, click here.

To read the evidence summary in JAMA, click here.

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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: June 2016

Internet Citation: Final Update Summary: Colorectal Cancer: Screening. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. June 2016.
http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Page/Document/UpdateSummaryFinal/colorectal-cancer-screening2

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