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Begin colorectal-cancer screening at 45 years, not 50, says USPSTF


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Reuters Health - 27/10/2020 - The recommended age to begin colorectal-cancer screening should be lowered to 45 years, according to draft recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). "New science about colorectal cancer in people younger than 50 has allowed the Task Force to recommend that people begin screening at age 45, instead of 50," task force member Dr. Martha Kubik of the College of Health and Human Services at George Mason University, in Fairfax, Virginia, told Reuters Health by email. The 2016 USPSTF guidelines recommended screening for colorectal cancer starting at age 50 years and continuing until age 75 years. They concluded that the decision to screen for colorectal cancer in adults aged 76 to 85 years should be an individual one and that screening should be discontinued after age 85 years. Dr. Kubik and USPSTF colleagues used findings from an evidence update to develop updated recommendations. Their recommendations appl...


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