Recommendation on Colorectal Cancer Screening

October 8, 2015


The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has again concluded that screening for colorectal cancer saves lives. In a draft decision, it recommended that individuals age 50 – 75 undergo screening with colonoscopy, fecal tests, or flexible sigmoidoscopy combined with fecal tests.


It did not recommend use of CT colonography, though it said that such testing may be useful in select clinical circumstances. The task force concluded that the data to understand the full effects of CT colonography—including incidental findings from the scans—were not yet available. It did acknowledge the growing body of evidence in support of the procedure.


The American College of Radiology said that the task force relied on obsolete data in omitting CT colonography.


The USPSTF draft recommendation decision updates its 2008 recommendation. The current draft is open for public comment through 8 pm EST November 2, 2015.



Read USPSTF draft recommendation