American Cancer Society Colorectal Screening Guidelines

American Cancer Society Colorectal Screening Guidelines


(upbeat music) [Did you know that the American Cancer Society
has changed the age guidelines for colorectal
screening?] [Dr. Thiru Lakshman] – Traditionally, the screening
age for first colonoscopy for an average risk patient was 50 years, and then just recently released last week, lowering that age to 45 years of age now. (upbeat music)
[Why has the American Cancer Society changed their guidelines?] The reason they made this change is that over the past year
there’s been some recent, sort of large-scale studies done that have shown the incidence
among younger patients, particularly patients under the age of 55, has increased significantly. (upbeat music)
[Who should I contact to schedule a colorectal screening?] Talk to your primary care physician or your gastroenterologist
or colorectal surgeon and talk to them about screening options for colorectal cancer, that’s basically what
you’ll ask them about, screening for colorectal cancer. (upbeat music)
[St. David’s North Austin Medical Center]

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