Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Cancer Screening - US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) guidelines

     As the saying goes - "Awareness is Power in a world where information is everywhere", lets quickly learn the USPSTF recommended guidelines for Cancer screening




Breast Cancer

  • Biennial Mammography                                                                                            

Women aged 50 to 74 yrs 

Cervical Cancer    

  • Cervical cytology every 3yrs  

  • Cervical cytology every 3 yrs 


  • High risk HPV(hrHPV) testing every 5 yrs


  • hrHPV testing in combination with cytology every 5yrs (cotesting) 


Women aged 21 to 29 yrs 

Women aged 30 to 65 yrs   

Lung Cancer  

  • Annual Low dose CT chest (who have a 20 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke/quit within past 15 yrs)

Adults aged 50 to 80 yrs

Colorectal Cancer 

  • Colonoscopy screening every 10 yrs

  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 yrs

  • Computed tomography colonography every 5 yrs

  • High-sensitivity guaiac fecal occult blood test (HSgFOBT) or fecal immunochemical test (FIT) every yr

  • Stool DNA-FIT every 1 to 3 yrs

Adults aged 45 to 75 yrs

P.S. - USPSTF now recommends screening for Colorectal cancer in adults aged 45 to 75 years

- Padma Sri Katikaneni                                                                                                                       


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