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Colorectal screenings are now recommended for all patients between the ages of 45 years old and 75 years old.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has expanded the recommended ages for colorectal cancer screenings.
According to a recommendation statement, USPSTF now recommends that physicians screen all adults from 45 year old to 75 years old for colorectal cancer. Previously the recommended age was from 50 years old to 75 years old.
The recommended screening strategies include:
The task force continues to recommend that physicians selectively offer screening for the condition in patients between 76 years old and 85 years old as the net benefit of screening all members of this population is small, the statement says.