What are the US Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer guidelines for colorectal cancer screening tests?

Updated: Oct 08, 2019
  • Author: Elwyn C Cabebe, MD; Chief Editor: N Joseph Espat, MD, MS, FACS  more...
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In June 2017 the US Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer issued updated screening recommendations that divide screening tests into three tiers, based upon their effectiveness. [2]

Tier 1 tests consist of the following:

  • Colonoscopy every 10 years
  • Annual FIT

Tier 2 tests consist of the following:

  • CT colonography every 5 years
  • FIT–fecal DNA every 3 years
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5–10 years

Tier 3 testing is capsule colonoscopy every 5 years. Septin 9 testing is not recommended.


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