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Screening for Colorectal Cancer

This topic is in the process of being updated. Please go to the Update in Progress section to see the latest documents available.


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


Current Recommendation

Release Date: October 2008

  • 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.  
    Grade: A Recommendation.
  • The USPSTF recommends against routine screening for colorectal cancer in adults ages 76 to 85 years. There may be considerations that support colorectal cancer screening in an individual patient.
    Grade: C Recommendation.
  • The USPSTF recommends against screening for colorectal cancer in adults older than age 85 years.
    Grade: D Recommendation.
  • 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.
    Grade: I Statement.

Supporting Documents

Recommendation Statement (PDF File, 245 KB; PDF Help)
Clinical Summary (PDF File, 51 KB; PDF Help)
Decision Analysis (PDF File, 290 KB; PDF Help)
Evidence Report (PDF File, 320 KB; PDF Help)
Evidence Synthesis, Part 1 (PDF File, 3 MB; PDF Help)
Evidence Synthesis, Part 2 (PDF File, 790 KB; PDF Help)

Update in Progress

In an effort to make the USPSTF recommendations clearer and its processes more transparent, the Task Force is sharing drafts of its draft Research Plans, Evidence Reports, and Recommendation Statements for public comment. As a result, the final Recommendation Statement is not yet available.

Supporting Documents

Research Plan

USPSTF members work with researchers from an independent Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) to create a Research Plan that guides the systematic review of the evidence. The Research Plan consists of an analytic framework, key questions, and a literature search strategy or research approach.

Research Plan Public Comment Period
Draft Research Plan for Public Comment
(January 9–February 5, 2014)
N/A

Current as of February 2014


Internet Citation:

Screening for Colorectal Cancer, Topic Page. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspscolo.htm


 


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