Colorectal cancer screening rates rose significantly after USPSTF lowered recommended age

Colorectal cancer screenings more than doubled for adults aged 45 to 49 years after the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force lowered the recommended age to start screening, a study by Epic Research found.Although this increase was expected, Jackie Gerhart, MD, FAAFP, a clinical informaticist at Epic Research, based in Wisconsin, told Healio that “it was surprising just to see it graphically — how much it had changed compared to the other age groups, and especially to see it in contrast with some of the other higher age groups decreasing in terms of their number of colon cancers.”Read More