What You Should Know About Colon Cancer Screenings

What You Should Know About Colon Cancer Screenings


The change in guidelines was a was based on our review of dozens of clinical studies looking at incidence of
colorectal cancer in patients younger than age 50. It was determined that it
was enough data, cumulatively from all these clinical trials, that patients
between the ages 45 and 50 would benefit from screening for colorectal cancer. Over the past few decades, we’ve seen increasingly frequent cases of younger patients, some
of them with no known risk factors for colon cancer, presenting with concerning
symptoms leading to a workup leading to a diagnosis of colon cancer. So, we have
seen a distinct uptick in younger patients with these problems. Some
tests can be uncomfortable. Taking a colonoscopy prep can be uncomfortable
although changes in the way we recommend colonoscopy prep to be done has made this process is much less unpleasant than it used to be. I would say this is a
half a day of unpleasantness in return for at least 10 years of not worrying
about this one kind of common cancer.

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