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First Guideline to Say Colon Cancer Screening Is Not for All

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For the first time, a guideline recommends that screening for colorectal cancer should not be routinely recommended for all adults aged 50 to 79 years, but instead should be limited to individuals with an elevated level of risk.

The new guidelines were published online October 2 in BMJ. Screening should be recommended for adults with a cumulative cancer risk of 3% or more in the next 15 years, the point at which the balance between benefits and harms favors screening, say the authors.

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