Colorectal Cancer Screening: Recommendations for physicians and patients from the U.S. Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer

The US Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer Screening, comprised of representatives from the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, American College of Gastroenterology and American Gastroenterological Association, develops recommendations for the prevention and early detection of colorectal cancer. Recommendations are based on scientific evidence, practical considerations, and cost.
The latest set of recommendations, summarized in this press release, recommends screening begin at age 50 for average risk individuals, with screening starting at age 45 for African-Americans. The recommendations rank screening tests into three “tiers” according to the strength of the recommendation. The recommendations also provide guidance for screening individuals with a family history of the disease.

The press release links to joint publications of these recommendations in GastroenterologyThe American Journal of Gastroenterology and GIE: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

Evaluation: The US Multi-Society Task Force is made up of representatives from the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the American College of Gastroenterology, and the American Gastroenterological Association. Recommendations for screening are re-evaluated periodically as new evidence emerges and as shifts occur in health care delivery and access.

Permissions: Made publicly available online by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

Publication date: June 2017

Post date: September 15, 2017

Contact: Follow instructions in the press release to reach out to media contacts at each of the three societies.