New Colorectal Cancer Screening Guidelines
American Cancer Society Recommendations. In 2008, the American Cancer Society, the American College of Radiology, and the U.S. Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer released consensus guidelines for colorectal cancer screening in adults age 50 years and older with no significant risk factors for colorectal cancer. The guidelines recommend:
Patients may also consider stool tests. If stool tests produce abnormal results, a colonoscopy must be performed. Stool test options include:
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendations. In 2008, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released slightly different guidelines. The USPSTF recommends:
These recommendations apply to people ages 50 - 75 with average risk for colorectal cancer. The USPTF does not recommend routine screening for adults ages 76 - 85 years old who have had negative screenings since age 50. The USPTF does not recommend any screening in people over age 85.
According to the USPTF, there is not yet enough evidence to make recommendations for virtual colonoscopy or stool DNA testing.
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