USPSTF recommends adult screening for colorectal cancer
The USPSTF believes that there is sufficient evidence showing these adults should receive screening; the leaders also recommend that adults between 76 and 85 years old receive individualized screening.
"There is convincing evidence that screening for colorectal cancer provides substantial benefit for adults ages 50-75, and a sizable proportion of the eligible U.S. population is not taking advantage of this effective preventive health strategy,” according to the USPSTF statement.
All of the screening recommendations are based on each patient’s individual health as well as earlier screening history. Older patients are more likely to experience benefits from the screen than others who have not been screened, show no comorbid health conditions and have good enough health to receive treatments if cancer is detected.
"The task force strongly recommends screening adults ages 50 to 75 for colorectal cancer, as it reduces the risk of dying from the disease," Dr. Albert Siu, immediate past chair of the task force, said in a news release. "Evidence convincingly shows screening for colorectal cancer works, but not enough people are taking advantage of this highly effective service."
Health experts see screening as one of the most effective ways to detect colorectal cancer at its earliest stages.
"There are multiple screening options for colorectal cancer that reduce the risk of dying from the disease,” Dr. Douglas Owens, former USPSTF member, said. “We encourage people to choose the best option for them, in consultation with their clinician.”