Earlier colon cancer screening recommended

Earlier colon cancer screening recommended


now to a Health Alert new guidelines tonight from one of the country’s top help organizations the American Cancer Society says a dramatic rise in colon and rectal cancers in young adults justifies getting screened at a younger age colon and rectal cancers have increased 51 percent among adults under the age of 50 since 1994 doctors don’t know why but it’s increasingly clear more people are dying prompting the American Cancer Society to recommend screening at age 45 instead of 50 I think it’s a good thing prevent most people don’t know this but colon cancer is an eminently preventable cancer dr. Bharat mezra works at Memorial Hospital he was pleasantly surprised by the ACS his recommendation he says the earlier you can detect cancer the faster you can treat it and the new guidelines have started the nationwide discussion about the benefits of early screenings but mezra and other doctors do expect some complications with patients insurance companies with the patient’s attempt to get the screenings covered at age 45 insurance companies only accept guidelines that are consensus and right now we have the American Cancer Society we have the US Preventive Services Task Force and we have the three major GI societies out of the three only one is recommending starting at 45 misra suspects insurance companies will approve the early screenings on a case-by-case basis most of the cases and deaths from colon and rectal cancer still occur among people older than 55 years old but as you pointed out younger adult cases are on the rise all three major Health Organization’s agree that african-american men should start screening at age 45 because they are at an increased risk now for more information on your six screening test options regardless of how old you are we posted that information on this story that you’ll find on News four jacks com

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