The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has released a new draft recommendation statement on screening for colorectal cancer. The draft statement includes a new recommendation for screening for colorectal cancer in adults ages 45 to 49 years.

If the recommendation is finalized, it will replace the 2016 USPSTF recommendation on screening for colorectal cancer. In 2016, the USPSTF recommended screening for colorectal cancer starting at age 50 years and continuing until age 75 years. In addition, the USPSTF concluded that the decision to screen for colorectal cancer in adults ages 76 to 85 years should be an individual one, taking into account the patient’s overall health and prior screening history, and that screening should be discontinued after age 85 years.

The current draft recommendation continues to recommend colorectal cancer screening in adults ages 50 to 75 years; in addition, the USPSTF now recommends offering screening at age 45 years. This is a Grade B recommendation, which means that the USPSTF recommends the service, because there is high certainty that the net benefit is moderate or there is moderate certainty that the net benefit is moderate to substantial.

The USPSTF is accepting comments on the draft recommendation statement until November 23, 2020.

United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). Draft Recommendation Statement: Colorectal Cancer: Screening. October 27, 2020. Available at: click here. Accessed October 28, 2020.