Colon Cancer: Earlier screening advised, new guidelines

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

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Colorectal cancer is the fourth most commonly diagnosed cancer among adults in the United States. More than 140,000 Americans are expected to be diagnosed with CRC in 2018. Earlier this year, the American Cancer Society issued new screening guidelines, making a qualified recommendation that routine colon cancer screening begins at age 45 years. The ACS estimates that more than 16,000 new cases of colon or rectal cancers will be diagnosed this year in Americans younger than 50. Some people are at higher risk and should be screened earlier, including personal or family history of inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancer or polyps, or ovarian, endometrial or breast cancer.

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