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November 15, 2021
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U.S. Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer updates screening recommendations


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The U.S. Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer updated its screening recommendations.

The task force — which last published recommendations in 2017 — focused on when to begin and stop colorectal cancer screening for average-risk individuals.

The recommendations include one piece of new guidance. The task force now suggests colorectal cancer screening for average-risk individuals aged 45 to 49 years.

Other elements of the guidance are unchanged. The task force continues to strongly recommend colorectal cancer screening for all individuals aged 50 to 75 years who have not already initiated screening. It recommends individualized decisions about screening among average-risk people aged 76 to 85 years based on several factors, including prior screening history, comorbidity, life expectancy, colorectal cancer risk and personal preference.

The task force does not recommend screening for individuals aged older than 85 years.

The updated guidance aligns with recommendations of several other professional societies, including the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, American Cancer Society and National Comprehensive Cancer Network.

The U.S. Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer represents the American College of Gastroenterology, American Gastroenterological Association and American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.