United States Preventive Task Force Provides Recommendations for Colorectal Cancer Screening

Posted on October 10th, 2008 by

United States Preventive Task Force Provides Recommendations for Colorectal Cancer Screening??

The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has recently issued recommendations for the screening of colorectal cancer. These recommendations were published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Recommendations for the screening of colorectal cancer include screening initiation at the age of 50 years for all individuals, or younger for those at a high risk for developing the disease. ?Because colorectal cancer is a type of cancer that is highly curable in early stages, universal screening of individuals remains of utmost importance in order to improve overall outcomes for the disease.

The USPSTF is a panel of general care experts who provide recommendations for treatment and prevention of certain diseases. For the first time, the USPSTF has recommended changes to screening for colorectal cancer as well as additions to the historic recommendations.

  • Individuals aged 50 to 75 years should undergo screening for colorectal cancer with a colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, or fecal occult blood test (FOBT).
  • Patients between the ages of 75 and 85 should consider colorectal cancer screening only if they are likely to live for at least another 10 years.
  • Individuals over the age of 85 should not undergo colorectal cancer screening.
  • Results from a virtual colonoscopy or DAN-based stool testing do not yet provide adequate information to fully understand the clinical role of these tests.

As these recommendations are slightly different from those of other medical institutions, all individuals are encouraged to speak with their healthcare providers regarding their individual risks and benefits of all screening measures for colorectal cancer.

Reference: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for Colorectal Cancer: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement. Annals of Internal Medicine [early online publication]. 2008;149. October 7, 2008.

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