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Key updates in colorectal cancer screening

Presented By
Dr Robin Mendelsohn, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NY, USA

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Conference
ASCO GI 2022
Dr Robin Mendelsohn (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NY, USA) discussed the latest updates on screening for colorectal cancer (CRC), including the age to start screening, which tests to use, the timing of follow-up, and when to stop screening [1]. The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and the American Cancer Society have both recently adjusted the recommended age to start screening individuals with average risk for CRC to 45 years [2,3]. The starting age of 45 years in the general population is based on research by Peterse et al., showing that earlier screening increased the number of life-years gained (6.2%) [4]. The US Multi-Society Task Force (USMSTF) of Colorectal Cancer did not yet change the recommended screening age from 50 to 45 years, except for African-American individuals [5]. Dr Mendelsohn explained that the lower recommended age for African-Americans is based on a higher incidence of CRC in this subgroup. The recommenda...


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