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US panel recommends colorectal screening for 50 to 75 year olds

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 21 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3469
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. Seattle

Screening for colorectal cancer should start at the age of 50 and continue until 75, the US Preventive Services Task Force has recommended.1

The task force found that the evidence that screening adults in this age group reduced colorectal mortality was “convincing.” However, it said that the benefit of screening declined after the age of 75.

Among older adults who have previously been screened the evidence suggested that there was “at best” moderate benefit in continuing screening. …

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