What are the ACS colorectal screening guidelines?

Updated: Mar 18, 2021
  • Author: Elwyn C Cabebe, MD; Chief Editor: N Joseph Espat, MD, MS, FACS  more...
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In May 2018 the ACS revised its colorectal screening guidelines, advising that regular screening for people at average risk start at age 45 years. [3]  Additional ACS recommendations include the following:

  • For people in good health and with a life expectancy of more than 10 years, regular colorectal cancer screening should continue through the age of 75.
  • People ages 76 through 85 should make a decision with their medical provider about whether to continue screening, based on their own personal preferences, life expectancy, overall health, and prior screening history.
  • People over 85 should discontinue colorectal cancer screening.

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