New ACS Guidelines for Colon Cancer Screening

New ACS Guidelines for Colon Cancer Screening


– Hi, it’s Dr. Reddy with
Digestive Disease Consultants here in Altamonte Springs. I wanted to share with you some recent updates on colon cancer
screening recommendations. I also have the pleasure of serving on the Orlando board of the
American Cancer Society. And, at the end of May, starting in June, we’ve updated our guidelines
and recommendations for patients at average
risk for colorectal cancer, when they should started getting screened. And I think that’s something that I’m getting a lot of questions about and I think you might
encounter that in reading that you do in the press and I think it’s important
to go over some key points. So, first of all, I think
it’s important to understand that, if you’re having symptoms, any change in your digestive
health, any cause for concern, any cause for alarm, the
most important thing is that you need to have a
conversation with your doctor and they could advise
you how to best approach that from a cancer prevention standpoint. But, focusing in on
patients who feel well, who don’t have any
specific health complaints, the idea of cancer
screening is very important. Based on a review that
was recently published in the Journal of the
National Cancer Institute, looking at data on over 500,000 patients from 1890 to 1990, so
taking a huge span of time, it’s been determined that
recent changes in the incidence of colon and rectal
cancer are very important and a little bit unexpected, and have changed the way we look at the cancer prevention landscape. So, previously, we’ve always recommended that we start screening for
colon cancer at the age of 50. Advances in cancer prevention
and early detection and treatment have dramatically reduced the incidence of colon cancer
in the age 55 plus population. However, what we found recently is that for patients age 40 to 55, incidence of cancer
has actually increased. Based on review of the data, based on changing trends
in cancer occurrence, we now feel that age 45
is the appropriate age to start screening for colon cancer. Now, this comes out from
the American Cancer Society, which has very well-established
published guidelines on screening methods for
different sorts of cancers, different parts of the body. There are a variety of screening tests that apply to colorectal cancer as well, so the most important thing is have a conversation with your doctor. Of course, any test or procedure, if you check with your insurance company as far as payments, benefits,
coverage, issues like that. From a medical standpoint,
I’m happy to announce that the new guidelines are out and please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns or have a conversation with your doctor. (gentle music) (dramatic music) (whooshing)

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