A change in colon cancer screening recommendations

On May 30, the American Cancer Society (ACS) announced an update in guidelines for screening for colorectal cancer, moving up its recommendation from the first screen at age 50 to age 45. The goal is to find colorectal cancer early, before symptoms start, and when it is small and easier to treat. This doesn’t mean that they are recommending that all adults at age 45 start yearly colonoscopies. They say that research has concluded that an earlier start to screening “would save lives” and subsequent screening recommendations will be determined by results of your initial screen, your family history, and…

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