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August 3, 2021

Evidence for a Colorectal Cancer Screening Benefit After Age 75 Years

JAMA. 2021;326(5):378. doi:10.1001/jama.2021.12115

Colorectal cancer (CRC) screening with lower endoscopy may be warranted for people older than 75 years and in good health, a study in JAMA Oncology suggested. The US Preventive Services Task Force currently recommends routine CRC screening until age 75 years, with individualized decision-making for those aged 76 to 85 years based on their screening history and overall health. But because clinical trials have excluded older individuals, it’s unknown whether screening people beyond age 75 years is beneficial.