Colon Cancer Screenings Should Begin at 45  

The American Cancer Society (ACS) has updated its guidelines for colon cancer, recommending that screening start at age 45 for people with an average risk of the disease. The previous recommendation had screenings start at age 50. People at higher risk of colon cancer, including those with a family history of the disease, or a personal history of inflammatory bowel disease, should start screening even earlier.

This revision was prompted by the results of an ACS study which found that colon cancer rates have been increasing in younger Americans, even including those in their 20s. In fact, a twenty-eight year-old today has four times the risk of colon cancer as someone who is sixty-eight years old. The study found that colon cancer is now one of the top three cancers in both men and women.

There are several ways to screen for colon cancer, and the ACS does not believe any of the tests is better than another. It advises people to discuss the various options with their doctor.

According to the ACS, if colon cancer is discovered before it spreads, the five-year survival rate is an encouraging 90%. Unfortunately, just over one-third of cases are diagnosed at an early stage.

Early detection, including early screening, the ACS says, will make a huge difference for those with the disease.

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