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August 2016

Fecal Blood Testing or ColonoscopyWhat Is the Best Method for Colorectal Cancer Screening?

Author Affiliations
  • 1University of California, San Francisco
  • 2Editor, JAMA Internal Medicine
JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(8):1071-1073. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.3892

The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has updated its evidence review and continues to recommend colorectal cancer (CRC) screening for persons between the ages of 50 and 75 to reduce CRC mortality.1 The USPSTF declined, however, to express a preference in screening methods, stating “Multiple screening strategies are available to choose from, with different levels of evidence to support their effectiveness, as well as unique advantages and limitations, although there are no empirical data to demonstrate that any of the reviewed strategies provide a greater net benefit.”1 Nonetheless, the USPSTF evidence review offers an opportunity to compare the benefits and risks of different screening methods, which is the focus of this editorial.

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