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USPSTF updates colorectal cancer screening guideline

Taskforce now aligns with ACS recommendation to start at 45.

Update USPSTF updates colorectal cancer screening guideline Taskforce now aligns with ACS recommendation to start at 45.

The United States Preventive Services Taskforce (USPSTF), an independent, volunteer panel of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine, today announced their final recommendation statement, evidence summary, and modeling study on screening for colorectal cancer.  

Since 2018, the American Cancer Society has recommended adults begin screening at age 45. Now, the USPSTF will also recommend screening beginning at age 45, rather than at age 50 as previously recommended. The taskforce’s lowered screening age aims to address the rising incidence of colorectal cancer in younger adults and now aligns with ACS’s research findings and guidelines. 

The USPSTF’s updated guidelines have positive implications for insurance coverage for colorectal cancer screening for many people. The final guideline now classifies screenings for adults ages 50 to 75 as an “A” recommendation and ages 45 to 49 as a “B” recommendation. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires non-grandfathered private health insurance plans and Medicaid expansion plans to cover all preventive services that receive an “A” or “B” grade from USPSTF, which means individuals with ACA-compliant plans ages 45-49 who previously were not eligible to get coverage for colorectal screenings will gain coverage at no cost. 

ACS and ACS CAN shared this joint statement about the taskforce’s recommendation. It may be shared with local media as appropriate.


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