Colon cancer screenings now being recommended at 45

Colon cancer screenings now being recommended at 45


Colon cancer is something which we see on
a routine basis, unfortunately. Currently, it is recommended that all Americans
undergo screening beginning at the age of 50, with the exception of the African American
population, which should begin at the age of 45. Recently, the American Cancer Society—responding
to a noted increase in the rate of colon cancer in the younger population—revised its screening
guidelines to include all Americans beginning at the age of 45, irrespective of race or
ethnicity. Now, this hasn’t necessarily been adopted
yet by the United States Multi-Society Preventive Task Force. What I think this is going to do is at least
open the door for additional conversation in regards to really what is the optimal age
for screening—because ultimately screening saves lives, and that’s what the whole purpose
of this is.

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