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Evidence-Based Resource Summary

Strength of Evidence: 
4 out of 4
4 out of 4
Year Published: 

Colorectal Cancer: Screening in Adults Ages 76 to 85 Years

Description of Resource: 
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. Adults in this age group who have never been screened for colorectal cancer are more likely to benefit. Screening would be most appropriate among adults who are healthy enough to undergo treatment if colorectal cancer is detected and do not have comorbid conditions that would significantly limit their life expectancy. This is a C recommendation, which means the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends selectively offering or providing this service to individual patients based on professional judgment and patient preferences. There is at least moderate certainty that the net benefit is small.

Evidence-Based Resource Details

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Developed By: 
United States Preventive Services Task Force
Developer Type: 
Federal Government
Healthy People 2020 Topic Area(s): 
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Resource Type: 
Systematic Review
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Colorectal Cancer: Screening [Internet]. 2016 Jun [cited 2017 Sept 8]. Available from: