What are the current USPSTF recommendations for CRC screening?

  • The current USPSTF recommends screening for all eligible adults 45 to 75 years old for CRC12
  • The USPSTF does not identify any head-to-head studies demonstrating superiority of screening options. The goal is to maximize the total number of people who will be screened12
  • The USPSTF recommendations are classified into different grades below12
PopulationRecommendationGrade
Population
Adults aged
50 to 75 years
Recommendation
The USPSTF recommends screening for colorectal cancer in adults aged 50 to 75 years.
Grade
A
Population
Adults aged
45 to 49 years
Recommendation
The USPSTF recommends screening for colorectal cancer in adults aged 45 to 49 years.
Grade
B
Population
Adults aged
76 to 85 years
Recommendation
The USPSTF recommends that clinicians selectively offer screening for colorectal cancer in adults aged 76 to 85 years. Evidence indicates that the net benefit of screening all persons in this age group is small. In determining whether this service is appropriate for individual cases, patients and clinicians should consider the patient’s overall health, prior screening history, and preferences.
Grade
C