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Colorectal Cancer Screening
US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation

The USPSTF strongly recommends that clinicians screen men and women 50 years of age and older for colorectal cancer with fecal occult blood test (FOBT), sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy.
USPSTF Rating: "A" Recommendation


  • 19,000 deaths could be prevented annually if all people ages 50+ were periodically screened for colorectal cancer.1
  • Currently only about 1/3 of adults 50+ are up-to-date on screening.2
Tthis service's Technical Report (pdf) includes details on the literature used and approach taken to estimate this service's health impact and cost effectiveness.
  1. Maciosek, M. V.; Solberg, L. I.; Edwards, N. M., et al. Colorectal cancer screening. Technical report prepared for the National Commission on Prevention Priorities, 2006.
  2. Maciosek, M. V.; Coffield, A. B.; Solberg, L. I., et al. Colorectal Cancer Screening: Health Impact and Cost Effectivness. Am J Prev Med 2006.