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The New Age to Get Your Colorectal Cancer Screening

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently announced that routine screening for colorectal cancer should begin at age 45 instead of 50.

An alarming increase in young-onset colorectal cancer rates prompted the task force to update the guidelines. Starting routine screening five years earlier could prevent more deaths from colorectal cancer, the third-leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. Remember – 90% percent of all colorectal cancer cases and deaths are preventable with early detection and treatment!

Don’t wait – if you’re at average risk and are 45 or older, talk to your gastroenterologist about screening.
Colorectal cancer facts
  • #3 cancer killer in the U.S.
  • Lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is about 1 in 24
  • Expected to cause 52,980 deaths in 2021
  • Deaths from colorectal cancer among people younger than 55 have increased in recent years
Symptoms
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Bloody stool
  • Abdominal pain
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Unintended weight loss
Risk factors
  • Age (45+)
  • Family history of polyps/colorectal cancer
  • Gender (men are at greater risk)
  • Personal history of IBD
  • Ethnicity (African Americans are at greater risk)
  • Lifestyle (smoking, obesity, lack of physical exercise, diet, poor nutrition)
*Those at high risk may need to start screening sooner. Check with your health insurance company to understand policy coverage.*
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