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Updates on age to start and stop colorectal cancer screening

You should start colorectal cancer (CRC) screening at age 45 for average-risk individuals, and end at age 85, according to this update from the U.S. Multi-Society Task Force on CRC.

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The U.S. Multisociety Task Force (MSTF) on Colorectal Cancer suggests CRC screening in average-risk individuals ages 45-49. This recommendation is a strong endorsement to the May 2021 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force decision to lower the screening age to 45.

The task force also reiterates its recommendations from 2017:

1. The MSTF strongly  recommends CRC  screening in all individuals aged 50 to 75 who have not already initiated screening.

2. For individuals ages 76 to 85, the decision to start or continue screening should be individualized and based on prior screening history, comorbidity, life expectancy, CRC risk, and personal preference.

3. Screening is not recommended after age 85.


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