2016-06-29 11:08:19 UTC

Task Force Releases Statement on CRC Screening Recommendations

June 29, 2016

U.S. Multi-Society Task Force on CRC finds that new recommendations do not provide sufficient detail about available screening tests.

The U.S. Multi-Society Task Force (USMSTF) on colorectal cancer is aware of the recently updated U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on colorectal cancer screening and is concerned about the lack of sufficient detail about the relative advantages and disadvantages of currently available tests to properly inform physicians and patients about effective and cost-effective colorectal cancer screening choices.The recommendations also endorse multiple methods for CRC screening without placing any hierarchical order to them.

The multi-society task force, which is represented by AGA, ACG and ASGE, is charged by the societies to issue recommendations on prevention and diagnosis of colorectal cancer.

Read AGA's statement on the USPSTF recommendations.

The USMSTF is currently updating its 2008 screening recommendations and anticipates that this document will provide detailed clinical information about available tests that will assist both physicians and patients in screening choices. These recommendations will include the continued crucial role of colonoscopy both as a screening test and in the evaluation of all other screening tests when they are positive.

Stay tuned to the AGA website for more updates and information.


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