Fast Five Quiz: Assess Your Knowledge of Cancer Screening Recommendations

Elwyn C. Cabebe, MD


August 02, 2018

The USPSTF recommends that individuals aged 50 to 75 years be screened for colorectal cancer. Patients aged 76 to 85 years should be screened based on an individual basis, taking into consideration their overall health and prior screening history.

If guaiac-based fecal occult blood testing is used, annual screening is recommended. This test method does not require bowel preparation or anesthesia and can be performed at home. Colonoscopy allows for less frequent screening, with a recommendation of every 10 years. Diagnostic follow-up of positive results can be performed at the same time as screening. CT colonography is indicated every 5 years as a screening method. If flexible sigmoidoscopy is used, it should be repeated every 5 years.

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