Guidelines Updated for Colon Cancer Screening

The American Cancer Society (ACS) has updated its guidelines for colorectal cancer, the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the US.

It recommends screening start at age 45 for people with an average risk of the disease, five years earlier than the previous recommendation of age 50.

If someone is at high risk of colorectal cancer, for example, if they have a family history of the disease, or even a personal history of inflammatory bowel disease, they need to begin screening even earlier.

Why the change in guidelines? An ACS study found that colorectal cancer rates have been increasing in younger Americans, particularly for people in their 20s. In fact, a 28-year-old has four times the risk of colorectal cancer as a 68-year-old.

There are several ways to screen for colorectal cancer, and the ACS advises people to discuss the options with their doctor.

The five-year survival rate for colorectal cancer is 90% if discovered before it spreads; but today only 39% of cases are diagnosed that early. The ACS expects that early detection, which begins with early screening, will result in vastly different outcomes for those with the disease.

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