Intended for healthcare professionals


Colorectal cancer screening is appropriate for some adults aged 76 to 85, US panel concludes

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 16 October 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5512
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

Adults who are at average risk of colorectal cancer and who do not have a family history of genetic disorders that increases their risk should be screened for the cancer from age 50 and continue until 75, say new draft recommendations.1

Released by the US Preventive Services Task Force on 6 October, the recommendations say that the decision to screen adults 76 or older should be made on an individual basis, on the basis of the patient’s prior history of screening and overall health.

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer in the United States, causing 50 000 deaths a year, yet about a third of eligible adults in the US have …

View Full Text

Log in

Log in through your institution


* For online subscription