Guidelines on cancer screening change over time as results of screening trials, advance in technology, and changes in morbidity and mortality rates are noted. The WI Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan does not endorse any one group's guidelines unless consensus is achieved. Visit the WI Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan's Priority 7: Increase use of recommended cancer screenings to learn more.
Many entities give cancer screening recommendations; however, three of the most reputable recommendations come from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society.
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is an independent panel of private-sector experts in primary care and prevention convened by the U.S. Public Health Service, which develops evidence-based recommendations for clinical preventive services. The CDC supports the USPSTF recommendations and provides a user-friendly summary of recommendations, found here.
National Cancer Institute (NCI) serves as the Federal Government’s principle agency for cancer research and training. The NCI conducts and supports cancer research, training, health information dissemination and other programs. NCI's guidance on cancer screenings can be found here.
American Cancer Society (ACS) is a nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy and service. ACS guidance on cancer screenings can be found here.
Another reputable source for cancer screening guidelines come from The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. ACOG provides recommendations for breast cancer screening, cervical cancer screening, and ovarian cancer screening.