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U.S. Multi-Society Task Force responds to ACP CRC guidelines

The task force's comment notes concern about statements that may "undermine efforts to increase CRC screening."
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Person writing in notebook

Recently, the U.S. Multi-Society Task Force (MSTF) published a strongly worded comment in Annals of Internal Medicine on the American College of Physicians (ACP)’s guidance recommending colorectal cancer (CRC) screening begin at age 50 for average risk individuals.

The task force noted, “We are concerned that [ACP’s] statement may undermine efforts to increase CRC screening in the face of significant increases in the incidence of CRC in those under age 50, and emerging data showing the benefit of screening in this population.”

CRC will be the leading cause of cancer-related death among 20 to 49-year-olds by 2030. Thank you to the MSTF, comprised of the following members, for their unflagging support for our patients.

  • Swati G. Patel, MD, MS
  • Folasade P. May, MD, PhD, MPhil
  • Joseph C. Anderson, MD
  • Carol A. Burke, MD
  • Jason A. Dominitz, MD, MHS
  • Seth A. Gross, MD
  • Brian C. Jacobson, MD, MPH
  • Aasma Shaukat, MD, MPH
  • Douglas J. Robertson, MD, MPH

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