Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most common new site and cause of cancer death in the US. Screening is recommended for all patients 50 to 75 years of age, based on USPSTF guidance. There are currently multiple screening strategies available and professional guidelines may differ in approach.
The USPSTF recommends the following
Tests other than colonoscopies that can be used for screening of average risk patients
Direct Visualization Tests
U.S. Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer Recommendations (2017)
Note: Represents the American College of Gastroenterology, the American Gastroenterological Association, and The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Note: Can consider sequential approach with colonoscopy the test of choice and FIT for those who decline colonoscopy | Colonoscopy or FIT when multiple options are presented
Canadian Guidelines (2016)
Note: Recommend not using colonoscopy
American Cancer Society (2018)
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